IAIN Thornley has suffered a setback on his road to recovery.
The centre will undergo surgery later this week which is set to delay his comeback until a third of the way into next season.
It’s a cruel blow for the 23-year-old, who spent four months on the sideline with a pectoral injury just before damaging his knee in training.
He said: “I had a bit of a setback recently, by a couple of weeks, so I’ll probably come back a third of the way through the season.
“I’ve got an operation on Friday and then I’m back on my rehab.
“I tore my cartilage and tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).
“I’ve had the cartilage fixed, and on Friday (tomorrow) I’m going in for an ACL reconstruction.
“The training the lads are doing now, I’ll probably be doing it when the season starts.
“It’s unfortunate but it’s a long rehab.”
Academy-product Thornley was in career-best form earlier this year, scoring nine tries in as many appearances before tearing his pectoral against St Helens on Good Friday.
He returned, earlier than expected, to play against Widnes in August – before suffering a serious knee injury in training days later.
Despite the double setback, he is remaining philosophical and has vowed to “crack on” when he is fit to play.
“I thought I had a good start to last season, so it was a bit of a kick in the stomach, first with my chest and then getting another injury - which was totally unrelated,” he said.
“It’s a bit unlucky but I was never going to go through my career without injuries, it’s just bad timing they came one after another, and hopefully they’re behind me now and I can crack on.”
A fit-again Thornley will challenge Anthony Gelling and Dan Sarginson in the centres next season.
Meanwhile, Warriors have announced kit partners Light Distribution, Ainscough Crane Hire and Multipave have all re-signed with the club for the 2015 season.
The trio have extended their deals with the club for a further year.
Light Distribution will remain on the rear of the home and away shirt, Ainscough will take their place on the left shoulder and Multipave continue as shorts sponsor.
Other partners set to feature on the shirt include Magners Irish Cider on the right shoulder, Brockwells Forestry on the rear at the foot along with Caliper Engineering on the rear near the collar of the shirt.
Maximuscle will also continue to feature on the shorts.
The main shirt sponsor will be Coral.
Sales Director Geoff Warburton said:“Following the announcement of Coral as our new main sponsor and Errea as our new kit partners last week, we are delighted that Light Distribution, Ainscough Crane Hire and Multipave have continued to show their support of the club.
Warriors will travel to Langtree Park to face arch rivals St Helens in a pre-season friendly on Sunday January 25.
The match will kick off at 3pm and ticket details are due to be announced in the coming weeks.
l Fans have until tomorrow to renew their season tickets for 2015. Returning fans who have held a season ticket in any season since 2010 can also buy at renewal prices before the deadline.