Fitness race for Sean

Sean O'Loughlin, seen here scoring against Leeds Rhinos, faces a fitness battle for Friday's game
Sean O'Loughlin, seen here scoring against Leeds Rhinos, faces a fitness battle for Friday's game

SEAN O’Loughlin is facing a battle to be fit for Friday’s Big One 4 against Hull FC.

The inspirational skipper is struggling with a leg problem which forced him to sit out last weekend’s 40-16 win against Castleford.

And because of the nature of the injury – a pulled hamstring – coach Shaun Wane won’t be risking him unless he is 100 per cent fit.

Wane said: “Sean is struggling. I’d say he has a remote chance of playing this Friday night.

“He hasn’t trained on it, so we’ll have to see how he is later in the week.

“If his leg still isn’t right then he won’t be playing. It’s either okay or it’s not – it’s not the type of injury you can soldier through or needle.

“We don’t want to make it worse, we’ve got too many big games coming up.”

Wane will only have a clearer idea tomorrow whether Darrell Goulding will be fit to play.

He suffered concussion and will need to pass a head test. If he is ruled out, Jack Hughes – who scored two tries for the Under-20s last weekend – could fill the right centre role.

Hooker Mike McIlorum was also unable to train yesterday because of injury but is expected to be fit to face Hull FC this Friday, in a game marketed as the Big One 4.

WIGAN’S interest in Australian stand-off Jamie Soward has been overstated.

The Warriors have looked at the St George-Illawarra playmaker as a replacement for Brett Finch.

But it is understood they have other targets on their radar.

Shaun Wane is is looking for a new No.6 to replace Finch, who is returning home at the end of the year.

WIDNES are thought to be keen to keep hold of centre Stefan Marsh beyond his loan deal, which expires at the end of this season.

Wigan’s Joe Mellor is also on loan at the Vikings.

THE RFL contacted Wigan yesterday to ask for more details about Sam Tomkins’ claim he was bitten in last Friday’s match before deciding whether to bring any charges.

The full-back made the claim against Castleford hooker Ryan Hudson, and the incident was placed on report by referee George Stokes.