SHAUN Wane’s preparations for Wigan’s next Super League game have been severely disrupted – but he is relishing the challenge.
The coach was last night waiting to find out how long Blake Green will be absent from the side. He was taken out by a late challenge in Sunday’s 46-14 Cup win at Hull KR and has both head and foot problems.
In addition, Jack Hughes (shoulder) was also sent for a scan and the Warriors are still waiting to discover the extent of Gil Dudson’s neck injury.
Forward Chris Tuson is also “touch and go” and Matty Smith is nursing a shoulder problem.
As well as having to give so many players fitness tests later in the week, Wane has lost many of his leading lights to England duty.
They met yesterday for the start of a two-day training camp.
Wane said: “It is a disruption, but I see it as a challenge and a test for us.
“With the injuries, there’s nothing we can do, it’s just a case of wait and see later in the week how they are doing.
“And as for England, I want the national team to do well and I’ll support Steve McNamara wherever I can.”
Meanwhile, Cory Patterson was last night charged with a Grade D offence – which carries a ban of up to five games – for his challenge on Green. He faces the RFL disciplinary panel tonight.
Widnes forward Gareth Hock, on loan from Wigan, is also facing a Grade D offence of making deliberate physical contact with the referee in their win against Workington.
London Broncos forward Antonio Kaufusi could miss Saturday’s visit of Wigan after being charged with a Grade C reckless strike.