DAN Sarginson is poised to cover the wing role for the visit of his former club London Broncos after Josh Charnley was ruled out for around six weeks with a knee injury.
England winger Charnley damaged his knee in last Friday’s Challenge Cup victory at Dewsbury and, while he doesn’t need surgery, may be missing until the end of May.
Though Sarginson will switch from centre to the flank for the visit of the win-less Broncos, Shaun Wane plans to use Charnley’s lengthy absence as a chance to give Dom Manfredi a run in his team.
The 20-year-old can not play on Friday as he is on loan at Salford – players can not be recalled until they have completed a month-long stay.
But Wane has been impressed with the ex-Leigh junior’s attitude since he was brought into the set-up more than two years ago.
“I remember during my first pre-season, there were lads who couldn’t get to training in their cars because the snow was so deep,” said Wane. “And Dom set off really early, caught three buses from Leigh and got here on time.
“Those sort of things, I take notice of and I remember. It shows you a bit of desire that he wants to be here.
“Then we had a friendly at Leigh, and it was the first time I’d seen him play and he was outstanding.
“The way he brought the ball back, his attitude, the way he ran hard – he’s a player I rate very highly.
“I’m excited about seeing him go, when he gets back to us. It’s unfortunate for Josh, but the good news is he doesn’t need an operation and it gives an opportunity for Dom to develop.”
Salford travel to Bradford on Friday, and his Wigan team-mate Logan Tomkins may be in the frame after joining the club – now coached by Wane’s former assistant Iestyn Harris – on a month-long loan.
Tomkins’ chances would have been limited after Mike McIlorum completed a ban and Sam Powell returned from injury. George Williams has also impressed.
“I can’t say to Logan he’s going to get a lot of game time,” added Wane.
“George has come in and done well, Logan’s performance needs to improve and he’s got a chance of getting some minutes at Salford. It’s win-win.”
Wane will name his 19-man squad today and hinted he may recall Matt Bowen and rest Ben Flower and Liam Farrell.
Wigan’s home Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Hunslet on Sunday, April 27 kicks-off at 3pm.