Remi Casty — The Roosters’ major off-season recruit — is suffering from a calf injury that is keeping him from making his debut for the club in the NRL.
Casty was named on the bench last week in number 16, but dropped out at the last minute, with Dylan Napa taking his spot in the 17. We now know why.
According to a Tweet from the French import on Monday night (thanks to @stevera3 for the heads up):
Casty did get a run for the Tricolours in their 36-14 win over the Wigan Warriors in the World Club Challenge, and impressed many with his tough running game and leg drive.
But this calf injury has seemingly kept him from getting a start at NRL level, and he wasn’t named in the club’s squad of 18 this week.
And given the polished displays from his replacement Dylan Napa and his would-be-fellow debutant Kane Evans against the Eels, he might struggle to get a run in the short term unless injury strikes.
Sonny Bill Williams is due back in three weeks, and the Roosters will be left with the dilemma of picking between Casty, Evans and Napa for the lone bench spot available — assuming the remaining three spots are safe for Aidan Guerra, Mitch Aubusson and Daniel Mortimer.
Regardless, Casty will eventually get a run with the team, and this calf injury — which has seemingly frustrated the Frenchman — will be but a distant memory.