WIGAN have launched a worldwide search to try and bring an end to Eamon O’Carroll’s injury misery.
Coach Michael Maguire has revealed the prop – who has not played since May – has suffered a new setback and will be sidelined “long-term”. And Maguire says his injury is so rare, they are scouring the globe for a specialist to operate on the 23-year-old’s troublesome hip.
Maguire himself has never come across another athlete with the same type of problem.
He said: “We’ve spoken to surgeons all around the world, it’s such an uncommon injury.
“We’re hunting the world for someone who can sort it out.
“We’re still talking to a number of surgeons, as I said it’s very rare, and it’s one of those that we have to make sure we get spot on.”
Maguire says it is impossible to put a solid time-frame on how long O’Carroll will be out of action for until Wigan have tracked down a surgeon who can operate on the academy-product.
But he confirmed it’s looking likely to be a “long-termer.”
“I can’t give you a definite answer because the injury itself is so rare,” he added.
The setback comes just days after another prop, Stuart Fielden, was ruled out for up to four months following knee surgery.
It leaves Maguire with just four senior props – Andy Coley, Jeff Lima, Paul Prescott and Lee Mossop. Ben Davies and Chris Tuson are on the fringes of the squad.
For O’Carroll himself, the injury is a huge personal blow as he prepares for his THIRD successive season wrecked by injury.
He played just six matches in 2009 owing to a foot problem and then had his 2010 campaign cut short in May by groin and hip troubles.
Maguire says the compact, hard-running front-rower has remained positive.
He said: “He’s okay, Eamon’s a great kid to have around the club, it’s just unfortunate because he’s done everything we’ve asked of him.”
Amos Roberts is today expected be named in Wigan’s 19-man squad to face Hull FC this Sunday.