ANTHONY Gelling has been struck a hammer blow after being ruled out for three months with a broken collarbone.
The Kiwi picked up the injury in Friday’s 46-6 victory against Salford.
He underwent scans over the weekend and was told he could be out for around 14 weeks.
But Shaun Wane doesn’t yet know the extent of Matty Smith’s shoulder problem.
Doctors will wait until later this week before scanning the joint again, with Warriors staff quietly confident he won’t be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Wane, whose side face Hull KR in the Cup on Sunday, said: “We won’t know the extent of Matty’s shoulder problem until the swelling goes down.
“We’ll have a better idea later in the week. But Gells will probably be out for about 14 weeks. It’s a blow for him – but he will come back stronger, and in the meantime it provides an opportunity for someone else.” Gelling’s appearance on Friday was his first since recovering from a knee injury which ruled him out for a spell earlier this year.
The utility had been hoping to impress to convince Wigan he is ready to step into Pat Richards’ boots next year.
Meanwhile, Wane will discover today whether the match review panel is to cite Salford prop Darrell Griffin for an illegal shoulder charge which caused Smith’s injury.