Tony Clubb is confident he will come back stronger once he has had surgery to remove a kidney.
The prop admits his early-season form was hampered by a ‘kink in the tube’ leading into one of his kidneys.
“I was getting five minutes in and I was absolutely wiped out and dehydrated,” the 29-year-old said.
Wigan have only ever described the proble as a “lower back issue” as it was not rugby-related. But Clubb used his blog on the Warriors’ website to confirm he will need a kidney removed.
He said: “I hadn’t been playing well because of it so I’m glad that we’ve made the call.
“In just over a week I’ll have the operation to remove the kidney and then hopefully I’ll be on the mend straight after that.
“It should be a reasonable turnaround and I should be back in training in two to three months’ time.
“Quite a few athletes only have one kidney, many people are also only born with one so I’ll be fine.
“It’s a routine operation these days and hopefully I’ll only be in and out of hospital within a couple of days.”
The former London Broncos captain thanked fans for their well-wishes.
Clubb missed most of last season because of a serious neck injury.
Wigan are still without Dom Manfredi, Sam Tomkins, John Bateman, Oliver Gildart and Jake Shorrocks.