Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell feels his side will be able to cope with their shortage in the half-backs when they host Wigan Warriors on Friday night (Castleford 10/11, draw 20/1, Wigan Evs – Match Betting).

The West Yorkshire outfit are set to go into the Betfred Super League encounter without long-term injured pair Luke Gale and Jamie Ellis, while Jordan Rankin is also out with a hamstring injury.

Ben Roberts was allowed to move on to pastures new, while Paul McShane will serve the first of his three-match ban on Friday night.

Powell has admitted a shortage of half-backs has given him plenty to think about but he expects his team to cope against the Warriors (EVS – Away Team To Score The First Try #PickYourPunt).

He said: “It’s very hard when you’ve got three blokes injured at half-back. They’re big signings are half-backs and we’ve just got to come up with a way of playing that will do a job.

“I thought we were pretty good in the second half last week, but if you lose a half-back in your team run it makes life difficult for you and that’s what happened to us last week.

“We need to play a slightly different way. How we shaped up last week was pretty successful for us. We had a pretty good second half so we will shape up with something similar.”

He added: “Jake Trueman will play a pivotal role and it is what it is. We have got injuries, we just have to get on with.

“Jordan Rankin should be fit again in the next week or so, so that will help.”

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