SHAUN Wane hopes to find out this week if teen sensation Joe Burgess will have to go under the surgeon’s knife.
The rocket-fuelled winger sustained a knee-injury in the 37-16 win away to Catalan Dragons in round 20, but only after notching his 19th try of the season.
And Wane faces being without his winger for more than two months, though his absence might only be felt for half that time if the academy product doesn’t need surgery.
“If he breaks down, he has an operation –if he doesn’t we’ll fix him through rehab so we’ll not know anything for a week or so,” explained Wane.
“At the very least he’ll be out for four weeks – he’ll run for a week and we’ll see how he goes and if he breaks down it will be an operation, if not, rehab.”
Burgess’ setback opens the door for another youngster, Dom Manfredi, who responded to being handed a place in the first team by scoring two tries in the 56-10 thrashing of Hull FC last week.
“There are people knocking on the door,” added Wane.
“There are no other injuries and Dom Crosby and Darrell Goulding will be fit to play so it should be an exciting team against Bradford.”
Fielding a full-strength side has been a rare luxury for Wane in 2014 but Wigan’s position of second on the Super League ladder defies their hard luck with injuries this term.
And Wane, despite being pleased with the clutch of young stars making a name for themselves, believes they can improve.
“I don’t think we’re consistent,” he admitted.
“There are certain things which are unacceptable to me but we’ll fix those.
“It’s important – we’re not really hitting our best form yet but we are doing enough to win games and win games comfortably like we did against Hull.
“Without nine first team regulars, we didn’t play at our best but we somehow still did enough to win with 50 points so we’re doing something right.”