Pettybourne back but Powell faces spell on sides

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EDDY Pettybourne should be fit to return to the team next week after learning his bicep injury is not as bad as first feared.

The prop left the World Club Challenge action during the second-half and it was feared he had a bicep tear.

Such injuries can rule players out for several months.

But detailed scans since he returned to England have confirmed the problem wasn’t too bad.

He will still miss Sunday’s home match against Wakefield through suspension, and even if he wasn’t banned for one match, the USA World Cup representative would have still been rested.

But the Wests Tigers recruit should be fit to return to the frame to play Castleford the following week.

“He could be okay for Cas,” said Wane. “A bicep tear can be serious, but it’s not that bad.”

Unfortunately, Sam Powell is staring at a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The halfback or hooker suffered an ankle injury in training in New Zealand, a week before the World Club Challenge.

He stayed with the squad in Sydney and had the joint scanned on his return to 
England. But Wane doesn’t know yet whether he will need surgery which would rule him out for three months.

“With Sam, it needs two weeks to settle down and then they’ll make a decision whether to operate and pin it, or leave it,” said Wane.

“So it could be six weeks or 12 weeks.”

The setback is a blow for Powell, who was one of Wigan’s stand-out players in their opening 
Super League loss to Huddersfield and also impressed in a friendly win against NZ Warriors.