JOE Burgess feared his season was over after suffering a nasty injury.
The winger blasts back into the frame for Saturday’s clash with Catalans in London.
I thought I wasn’t going to play for Wigan again for the time beingJoe Burgess
Burgess has missed the last three matches after damaging his knee and ankle during training – which he feared would end his campaign.
“When I did it, I thought that was my season over, 100 per cent,” he said. “I thought I wasn’t going to play for Wigan again for the time being.
“You get more annoyed getting injured in training than a game.
“I was back and forth for scans. It wasn’t until three or four days after that I learned it wasn’t as serious – it was a very long wait, but I was quite lucky I’d not done more damage.”
Burgess – joint-top tryscorer in Super League with 21 – is leaving Wigan at the end of the year to join NRL front-runners Sydney Roosters.
Intriguingly, he referred to the thought of not playing for Wigan “for the time being” – rather than ever again.
“I’ll never say never,” he said. “It’s my home town and I want to come back and win the Challenge Cup with Wigan.
“I’m only 20, there’s plenty of time yet.”
Given his form this season, Burgess would look sure to slot straight back into the side, ahead of either Josh Charnley or Dom Manfredi.
Elsewhere, Micky McIlorum, Taulima Tautai and Anthony Gelling are also available after missing their 28-0 win at Warrington in their last outing. Wane admitted yesterday he had yet to decide his team, but revealed Oliver Gildart will hang onto his place in the centre.
The 19-year-old made his Wigan debut in the victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, having previously played Super League on loan for Salford.
“He was good, he will play again this week,” said Wane.
“He deserves his place. He was very efficient, he took his try well – he did everything I wanted him to do and made good defensive choices. I’m happy with him.” Wane hinted forward Connor Farrell may come into the fold to replace brother Liam, who is sidelined with an upper-body injury.
If that is the case, it may mean John Bateman may continue as a centre – keeping Gelling out of the frame.
“I’ve not decided which way I’m going to go yet,” added Wane.
Dan Sarginson is Wigan’s only long-term absentee.