Tomkins out until Easter

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SAM Tomkins’ could mark his return to Wigan against St Helens on Good Friday.

Warriors released a statement on his injury progress in which chairman Ian Lenagan told fans to expect him in action “around the Easter period” which could coincide with Wigan’s trip to Langtree Park on March 25.

The surgery was performed successfully on Friday November 5 and it is anticipated that Sam will make a full recovery

Ian Lenagan

The news confirms fears he would miss Wigan’s World Club Series clash with Brisbane on February 20 for which tickets go on sale tomorrow.

Lenagan said: “Sam Tomkins was seen by a senior and well-respected Orthopaedic Consultant who recommended surgery to deal with the posterior cruciate ligament injury which Sam suffered while playing for the New Zealand Warriors early last season.

“The surgery was performed successfully on Friday November 5 and it is anticipated that Sam will make a full recovery.

“However, he will miss the start of the First Utility 2016 Super League Season and Wigan fans can look forward to him returning around the Easter period.”

Tomkins suffered a relapse of the problem while training for England last month.

Ryan Hampshire is still lined-up for a loan move to Castleford, but Shaun Wane has other options for full-back.

Dan Sarginson has impressed in the role before, and a switch would not be disruptive now teenage centre Oliver Gildart is on the first-team scene.