It is expected that Joe Burgess, Lewis Tierney and Ryan Sutton could face 4 – 6 weeks out due to the injuries they sustained in the 20-0 over local rivals, Leigh Centurions on Friday.
Joe Burgess may need surgery on his knee but the club are awaiting scan results to see if that is the case. Lewis Tierney is not expected to need surgery but will face a period on the sidelines.
The trio are ruled out of the repeat of last years Grand Final, versus the Warrington Wolves on Thursday evening. It is likely that Burgess will be replaced in the centres by Oliver Gildart, with Liam Marshall retaining his place on the wing. Tierney could be replaced by Liam Forsyth, who was in the 19 man squad last week, he could make his debit after a summer return to Wigan from his year in exile (playing for Bath RU). Sutton may be replaced in the squad by John Bateman, who should make his first Super League appearance of the season. Joe Bretherton is likely to keep his place in the 19 man squad and push for a starting place along with summer recruit, Romain Naverette, who has been impressing out on loan at Swinton Lions.
Shaun Wane will be speaking to the press later this afternoon and may update the press on the expected timeframes of the injuries.
Shaun Wane has just confirmed in his press conference that John Bateman and Oliver Gildart will also be unavailable for the game against Warrington on Thursday evening. Resulting in Wigan missing Burgess, Tierney, Sutton, Gildart and Bateman (along with the long term injuries).
John Bateman is struggling with a shoulder injury which is not expected to be a long term injury.
Liam Forsyth, Joe Bretherton, Jack Wells, Romain Navertte and Tom Davies are all thought to be in contention to play against WarringtonEmbed from Getty Images