Lockers WILL be fit for Wembley

Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin
Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin

CAPTAIN Sean O’Loughlin will be fit to lead Wigan out at Wembley – even though he may miss out this week.

Coach Shaun Wane yesterday rated the loose forward’s chances of playing against Catalan on Saturday at “about 50-50”.

He missed last Friday’s loss to Huddersfield as he nurses a hamstring strain and, with the squad flying out to France tomorrow, Wane may make a decision on his skipper as early as today.

But he will be fit for the Challenge Cup Final tie against Hull FC the following week.

And Wane says he won’t be wrapping any of his stars in cotton-wool ahead of their Wembley date as Sam Tomkins, Matty Smith and Ben Flower come back into the reckoning.

He said: “Ideally I would have liked to have played my form team against Huddersfield.

“But injuries, genuine injuries, dictated I couldn’t do that. They’re fit now and they need a game and they’ll be back in the frame for Catalan.

“Lockers is close, he’s 50-50 – we’ll know later in the week – but everyone else should be back.”

Third-placed Wigan have slipped three points behind leaders Huddersfield with three Super League rounds remaining.

Wane, though, underlined the importance of Saturday’s tie at the Dragons – both in terms of building momentum and collecting the two points.

“I’m not convinced Huddersfield will win every game,” he said.

“If we keep picking up the points, then the pressure will be on them if they slip up.”