Lockers in fitness race

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SEAN O’Loughlin is in a fitness fight to face Saints.

The Warriors skipper is desperate to take part in the first derby of the year on Good Friday.

But he is sidelined by an injury which forced him to leave the action during the opening half of Saturday’s 62-4 smashing of Widnes.

Thankfully, he hasn’t suffered any broken ribs.

But bruising and cartilage damage prevented him from training yesterday, and he is likely to leave it to as late as possible to discover whether he can play.

He said last night: “I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to play.

“It’s improved over the last 48 hours and hopefully it’s one of those which settles down over the next couple of days.

“Obviously it’s a game I really want to play in, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be fine.

“But it’s not one of those injuries which you can speed up the recovery process, it’s just a case of waiting and hoping for the best. It’s probably one which we’ll have to decide on later in the week.”

With Shaun Wane’s squad already depleted by injuries, particularly in the pack, he will be hoping his inspirational skipper manages to recover in time.

Harrison Hansen, Paul Prescott, Epa Lauaki, Lee Mossop, Anthony Gelling and Gil Dudson are all sidelined.

And while those injuries have thrown open the door of opportunity for a clutch of fringe players – including Jack Hughes, Greg Burke and Dom Crosby – Wane is running short of forwards.

Welsh forward Rhodri Lloyd is one option.

He was the 18th man for Saturday’s match, and impressed playing on dual-registration for South Wales Scorpions the following day in a 24-12 defeat.

O’Loughlin, 30, missed the Good Friday game last year through injury – and watched from the sidelines as a depleted side stormed to a 28-10 victory.

Officials are hoping for a sell-out for Friday’s showdown at the DW.