Castleford three-quarter Kirk Dixon will miss the first six weeks of the Super League season after suffering a calf tear in a training session at Everton.
Dixon, who spent seven months out last year with a neck injury, had a season-ending shoulder injury in 2011, and was sidelined for six months in 2009 with a blood clot, said: "We were training with Everton and doing some sprint work when I felt it go. There were only 10 minutes of the session left. These things seem to creep up every now and then and come at the wrong time, It's quite demoralising."
The Tigers' opening Super League game is against Warrington on Sunday.
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