Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell hopeful of having at least seven players back for Challenge Cup semi-final clash with Warrington Wolves

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has named seven players he hopes will be back on the field in Saturday's Betfred Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington Wolves.

Gareth O'Brien, left and Niall Evalds could both be back in Tigers' 17 this weekend. Picture by Alex Whitehead/

Powell will name an initial 21-man squad on Thursday, six days after an understrength team were crushed 60-6 at home by Leeds Rhinos in Super League.

He denied resting players for that game, but said: "There's a couple of players who didn't play last week who were carrying little bits and pieces.

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"It made sense to give them an opportunity to be right at the top of their game this week - Michael Shenton, Oliver Holmes, Nathan Massey, those guys will come back into contention.

Tigers forward Gerge Griffin is suspended for the semi-final. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

"There's others who need to get through this week, Niall Evalds and Gaz O'Brien for example."

Jake Trueman, who missed the Leeds game with a slight back problem and Adam Milner are also likely to feature this weekend.

"Adz would be a bit of a doubt, but I think he should be all right and the same with Truey," Powell added.

"We've a few players back, potentially and we need them, clearly.

"There's a couple of decisions I've got to make and get right, but we've got more availability."

One player definitely ruled out is forward George Griffin who is suspended following a foul on Luke Gale in last Friday's defeat.

Powell said: "It's disappointing, we appealed it and it stayed as it is [a one-game ban].

"I thought we had a pretty strong case and that was reflected in the RFL's comments, but they still felt it was late.

"You can't argue that, but he did make a tackle and the RFL referenced that twice in the meeting notes.

"It is what it is; George can't play, it is disappointing for us and he's disappointed, but we will have a really good squad of players out there on Saturday and it's about delivering a performance that will get us to Wembley."