GREG Burke could return to the Wigan side this weekend as “major doubt” Sean O’Loughlin battles a knee injury.
The captain will have the joint scanned to assess the severity of the problem.
But Shaun Wane admits he is “a major doubt” for Sunday’s Super League clash at Wakefield.
While Burke would be a like-for-like replacement at loose forward, he was already in the frame for a return to the fold before O’Loughlin’s injury.
Having played in 11 of Wigan’s opening 12 matches, the 20-year-old was rested by Wane to protect him from over-exposure.
Prop Scott Taylor may also return after playing for Leigh on dual-registration for the past two weeks.
Wane, meanwhile, was hoping to discover this morning the extent of O’Loughlin’s injury, which he suffered in Sunday’s 20-16 victory against Leeds.
Sam Tomkins will take the captain’s role if he misses Sunday’s trip to Wakefield, as table-toppers Wigan seek a 12th straight win.
Welsh prop Gil Dudson will also see a specialist this week. His neck injury has taken longer to heal than originally hoped.
WIGAN’S Challenge Cup quarter final against Widnes will take place at the DW Stadium on Monday July 15, kick-off 8pm.
Tickets for the game went on sale at 9am today priced from £16 (£10 concession). Season membership holders get a £2 discount for tickets bought in advance.