LIAM Farrell has only a hazy recollection of breaking his nose in Wigan’s Challenge Cup game against Hull KR.
In his exclusive Wigan Evening Post column he speaks openly about the incident and Warriors’ shock defeat.
As well as the broken nose, I’ve had a CT scan to see if my cheekbone has a break as well. Dr Brookes wants to look at my brain scans tooLiam Farrell
Farrell said: “I was a bit worse for wear at the end of Friday’s game. I don’t remember anything about the incident which broke my nose – I went into a tackle, and the next thing I remembered was Dr Chris Brookes snapping it back into place in the medical room!
“I’ve watched it back, and seen that I injured myself clashing heads with Micky McIlorum! He came out of it with a black eye.
“I wasn’t quite as lucky.
“As well as the broken nose, I’ve had a CT scan to see if my cheekbone has a break as well. Dr Brookes wants to look at my brain scans too.
“I feel a little better now, the main problem has been I can’t breathe through my nose, and my teeth are really tender.
“It’s hard to put a time-frame on when I may return – it may be two weeks, it may be four, it may be a bit longer.
“But fingers crossed I won’t be out for too long.
“I was ‘with it’ enough to know we were losing the game when I was helped off the pitch.
“And I could tell from the lads’ faces, when they came into the dressing room, that they hadn’t managed a match-winning score.
“It goes without saying that I was gutted – we all were.
“We wanted to go all the way in the competition, and we certainly didn’t expect to be knocked out so early on.
“Anyone who thinks we under-estimated Hull KR, I can assure you that was not the case. We knew they wouldn’t be the same side we beat 60-0 two weeks earlier.
“I have to give them some credit, they did some good things, they ramped up in yardage and kicked well.
“Coupled to that, we let ourselves down with too many individual errors. I’m not going to start pointing the finger, because every player knows what they did wrong in that game, and those mistakes cost us in the end.
“That’s the frustrating part, knowing we could and should have played better.”