Dom Manfredi an injury doubt for Wigan Warriors' title tilt
The winger, 27, has inflammation around one of his knees which may require minor surgery.
He has missed the last three games with the problem, which is showing no signs of settling down. Coach Adrian Lam said: “Dom’s a bit of a concern, he’s got a loose body in the knee and he may need a clean out.
“We’ll see what’s advised and take it from there, we’ll probably know more in the next 24 hours or so.”
If Manfredi misses Thursday’s semi-final - which will be against Hull FC at the DW Stadium - it would put his involvement in the Grand Final eight days later in doubt, should they reach the title-decider. In his absence, and with Liam Marshall sidelined until next spring, Jake Bibby has been filling the right wing spot.
On a positive note, Sean O’Loughlin is on course to recover from a hamstring injury in time for Wigan’s next game.
Lam said he was “60-40 last week” and will assess the captain’s recovery in the next few days.
If he returns, he will need to make a call on leaving out one of the players involved in the 19-6 victory at Huddersfield which secured the league leaders’ shield.
Wigan had hoped Joe Greenwood’s suspension may have been reduced, in wake of the decision to cut the season early and head into the play-offs.
But his two-game ban – imposed after the derby win – remains in place, ruling him out of the semi-final. He would be free to return for the Grand Final, should Wigan reach the decider at Hull’s KCOM Stadium on November 27.
With no game this weekend, Lam has used this week to keep his players fit and fresh for their semi-final showdown on Thursday.
“We’ve trained pretty hard and had some fun in there as well, because it’s long time between games,” he added.