Why Adrian Lam has a "selection migraine"

The return of two front-line props has given Adrian Lam a “selection migraine”.
George Burgess in trainingGeorge Burgess in training
George Burgess in training

Ben Flower and George Burgess are back in the mix after being sidelined by a combination of suspension and minor injuries.

They are set to play in Saturday’s showdown against Castleford - giving Lam a big call to make on who to leave out.

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Mitch Clark, recruited from Castleford for this season, has already dropped out of provisional 21-man squad but Ethan Havard, Liam Byrne, Joe Bullock and utility forward Morgan Smithies are in the frame.

And competition for places will be dialed up even more next week when No.13 Sean O’Loughlin is set to be fit and Oli Patington returns from suspension.

Lam said: “It’s not giving me a headache, it’s giving me a migraine!

“But that’s exciting and as a coach it’s exactly what you want.”

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Tony Clubb is sidelined by a neck injury which Lam expects to rule him out long-term, though he is still awaiting confirmation.

Thomas Leuluai is expected to replace Harry Smith at halfback.

Wigan’s 21-man squad: Zak Hardaker, Liam Marshall, Chris Hankinson, Bevan French, Thomas Leuluai, Sam Powell, George Burgess, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Joe Greenwood, Morgan Smithies, Joe Bullock, Liam Byrne, Dom Manfredi, Jake Bibby, Harry Smith, Ethan Havard, Jackson Hastings, Amir Bourouh, Joe Shorrocks.

Castleford Tigers 21-man squad: Derrell Olpherts, Michael Shenton, Jake Trueman, Danny Richardson, Liam Watts, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Oliver Holmes, Mike McMeeken, Adam Milner, Nathan Massey, Jesse Sene-Lefao, George Griffin, Alex Foster, Daniel Smith, Junior Moors, James Clare, Jacques O’Neill, Tyla Hepi, Calum Turner, Gareth O’Brien.