New setback for jinxed Roberts

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AMOS Roberts has gone under the knife again in a bid to finally end his long-term injury nightmare.

The winger had surgery on his knee yesterday – on the same day that Michael Maguire confirmed that Ben Cross’ Wigan career is over.

Roberts was a sensation earlier last season, scoring 13 tries in 15 games before a serious knee injury against Wakefield derailed his campaign.

The jet-heeled winger or full-back returned to the side later in the summer but struggled to rekindle his best form and had further treatment in the off-season.

He scored two tries on returning to the side in February but suffered another knee problem in the World Club Challenge defeat against St George-Illawarra. He went under the knife again and it was hoped that procedure would finally put him on the right track towards bursting back into the side.

He played a a few games for the Under-20s but specialists discovered further damage which required surgery.

The prospect of seeing Roberts in action this year was remote anyway, but the operation has definitely sidelined him until the start of 2012. Coach Michael Maguire said: “Amos has been seeing the right people – top surgeons around the country – and unfortunately he’s got some wear and tear there which needed operating on.”

He confirmed Roberts should be fully fit for the start of next season – the third and final year of the ex-Sydney Roosters star’s contract.

But one player who will not figure for the Warriors again is Australian prop Cross.

He made a surprise return from a broken arm lay-off to take on St Helens in the opening week of the play-offs but sat out last Sunday’s 44-0 demolition of Catalan.

Maguire confirmed he has suffered a fracture to the forearm, ruling him out of Saturday’s clash against Saints and the Grand Final, should Wigan progress to the Old Trafford decider.

Cross only joined Wigan on a short-term deal ahead of a move to Super League newcomers Widnes in 2012.

Maguire will today name his 19-man provisional squad for Saturday’s sudden-death showdown with Saints.

Centre Joel Tomkins is likely to figure after recovering from a leg injury and Lee Mossop will be hoping to return after a hamstring problem.

Wigan were last night close to selling out their 3,500 allocation of tickets.