McIlorum facing ban

Micky McIlorum has been charged
Micky McIlorum has been charged

Micky McIlorum is facing a possible ban after being charged with ‘standing on opponent’ during Saturday’s 54-4 loss at Castleford.

He has been charged with the Grade B offence by the RFL’s match review panel.

The hooker has the option of taking an early guilty plea, which would result in a one-game ban – ruling him out of Friday’s visit of Salford.

If Wigan contest the charge and lose, he may get a two-match suspension.

McIlorum was already an injury-doubt for Friday’s match after rolling his ankle.

If he is ruled out, Shaun Wane will be hoping Morgan Escare recovers from a knee problem – otherwise his options at halfback and hooker would be further reduced.

Sam Powell can play either position but Thomas Leuluai (broken jaw), George Williams (knee) and Jake Shorrocks (knee) are injured.

Other options would be Sam Tomkins and Sean O’Loughlin, but they aren’t available due to injury and England duty respectively.

Young hooker Josh Ganson made his debut at Castleford from the bench, and could hang onto his spot.

Full-back Morgan Escare can play halfback, while utility Nick Gregson is another option.