SHAUN Wane’s preparations for Friday’s trip to Hull FC have been hampered by uncertainty over several players.
Former Kangaroos full-back Matty Bowen is the latest player who is in doubt for the Super League showdown.
He suffered a training ground knee injury and teenager Ryan Hampshire is on stand-by if he doesn’t recover in time.
The coach may even hand a debut to either Connor Farrell or Ben Austin, while Ryan Sutton could be in line to play just his third game in the first team.
And Wane is excited at the prospect of seeing how they adjust to action under the spotlight.
He said: “We’ll be bringing a few of my Under-19s players in and I may have to go that way.
“We’re down on middles and so I may have to use my full numbers.
“It could be Connor Farrell, it could be Ben Austin. Ryan Sutton’s in the frame as well, and I’m comfortable with them if we use them.
“It’d be exciting to see how they cope on the big stage.”
Bowen didn’t train yesterday but Wane will assess his injury at the team run tomorrow.
England forward Liam Farrell is battling an ankle problem and Wane doesn’t expect him to be fit. But he is prepared to give him until the last possible time to see if he recovers.
Sean O’Loughlin, Josh Charnley, Iain Thornley, Ben Flower and Greg Burke have been ruled out and Eddy Pettybourne has only an outside chance.
Despite the number of absences, Wane is refusing to lower his expectations.
“I don’t care how many players are out, I’ll always expect to win,” he said.
“I’ll only be able to name the team on Friday, but whatever it is, we’re going for two points and it would be a great win with the team we’ve got.”
Wane will name a provisional 19-man squad today, but admits it may change.
Meanwhile, Salford are thought to be keen to recruit Blake Green for next season.
The Australian stand-off is out of contract at the end of the campaign and Red Devils coach Iestyn Harris, the former Warriors assistant, is a known admirer.
Green has previously said he wants to extend his stay with Wigan, and Wane is a big fan, having parted with a six-figure transfer fee to bring him in from Hull KR.
l Tickets for Wigan’s Challenge Cup quarter final clash at home to Castleford go on sale today.
The June 7 fixture, to be screened by the BBC, is the first of two matches in consecutive weeks at home to the Tigers.
Seasonal Members have until Friday May 30 to claim their existing seat and earn a £3 discount on ticket prices.
Tickets on matchday will cost £18, with members having until Friday June 6 to claim their tickets for the discounted price of £15.
Junior Seasonal Members are entitled to a free ticket.
Fans from both clubs who whish to attend both the Cup clash and the Super League encounter on Friday June 13 can purchase a dual ticket at a cost of £32.