Manfredi set for comeback this weekend

Dom Manfredi is set to put 12-months of torment behind him when he returns to the pitch this weekend.

Tuesday, 8th August 2017, 3:27 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:33 pm
Wigan Warriors' Dominic Manfredi is injured by the tackle of Castleford Tigers' Rangi Chase First Utility Super League match at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford. Picture by Dave Howarth for BERNARD PLATT. Picture date: Friday August 12, 2016

Shaun Wane confirmed the winger is set to play for the reserves on Saturday – exactly a calendar year since he sustained a serious knee injury which he feared may end his career.

“I’ve been back in full training for a couple of weeks and I’ve been pretty good,” he told the Wigan Observer.

“I’m up for selection, whether I get in or not is another thing but I’m just happy I’m back fit now and whatever happens I’ll be ready go whenever.

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“(My time has been) the worst. Not just physically, but mentally as well, but I’ve had a lot of help and support from mates and family.

“I had some very dark times and I just found I had to switch off from everything. Just get on with things.

“I spent a good three or four months on my couch just doing nothing and that was probably the darkest time where I couldn’t get up, leave the house or anything. I was just stuck with my thoughts.

“The staff at the club have been really good and they’ve helped me through it. It’s been a really tough time.”

The 23-year-old admits wondering at times if he would even play again after crumpling under a seemingly-innocuous, solid but fair, challenge from then-Castleford player Rangi Chase last August.

“I think it was a bit touch and go when I’d done it,” revealed Manfredi, who had done enough before his injury to earn a place in the Super League DreamTeam.

“I’d been to see the specialist and he’d seen a scan and noticed a lot was going on.

“It was a bit of a worrying time before I’d seen the specialist but as soon as he said he could sort it out I was alright.”

Full exclusive interview inside this week’s Wigan Observer.