Relief over injured duo

Wigan Warriors' Josh Charnley is helped off the pitch after being injured  against Hull FC
Wigan Warriors' Josh Charnley is helped off the pitch after being injured against Hull FC

Josh Charnley and Tony Clubb have been cleared of any major injuries.

The pair picked up knocks in Friday’s 30-16 loss to Hull FC.

Winger Charnley limped off with an ankle problem and prop Clubb suffered a hand injury. But scans have revealed they are not serious.

It is too early to tell whether they will be fit to face Leeds on Saturday.

But either way, it is a huge relief for Shaun Wane who has only recently started to see his injury worries ease.

He said: “We’ll know more later in the week but the scans show the injuries aren’t serious.

“We’ll manage them in training and see how they are by Thursday or Friday.”

Sam Tomkins, Sean O’Loughlin, Dom Manfredi, Joel Tomkins and George Williams have all returned from lay-offs in the last two weeks.

Kiwi centre Anthony Gelling may come back into the reckoning for the Magic trip to Newcastle.

And Ben Flower is expected to return from a hamstring injury. The Welsh prop has only figured once in the last eight games.

But Wane said: “Ben will bring some confrontation, aggression and line-speed to the side. It’s a big boost having him back.”

It leaves hooker Micky McIlorum – out for the season – and Liam Farrell (rib) as the only frontline players definitely ruled out of Saturday’s headlining Magic game.

Wane oversaw training yesterday and was pleased with the players’ response, following a weekend stewing over their defeat to Hull. He said: “They’re hurting, and they’re keen to make amends.”

One player excused from training was England captain O’Loughlin, who travelled up to Newcastle for the media launch ahead of the Magic Weekend.

Meanwhile, Leeds stand-off Liam Sutcliffe is in danger of missing Saturday’s Grand Final re-match with Wigan after being charged with a grade B offence of foul play.