KIWI Anthony Gelling has revealed how he returned to action with a dislocated shoulder – and plans to battle on with the injury.
The 22-year-old made a comeback last Friday, scoring two tries in a 33-32 win at Widnes, just five weeks after suffering the injury.
He was expected to be ruled out for 14 weeks, but when the joint settled down he received the green light to play again.
Gelling said: “When it happened we were thinking it would be three months out.
“It’s still dislocated now and we were thinking of having surgery on it.
“But I gave it a chance to settle down and did the rehab.
“It’s still dislocated, but I got a needle off the doc’, strapped it up and I’m alright to go.”
Wigan take a break from Super League action this weekend to accommodate England’s match against the Exiles.
But they are soon back into the league campaign, with big fixtures against Warrington, St Helens and a Challenge Cup quarter-final on the horizon.
And Gelling is hoping to play his part – even if he has to play through the pain barrier for the rest of the year.
“We’ll see how it goes (with the shoulder), take it week to week,” he said. “It feels strong now.”
The Cook Islands international reckons he will need to undergo surgery at one stage, adding: “I’d like to say I’ll wait until the end of the year but there’s the World Cup then, so we’ll see what happens, and play it by ear.”
Gelling showed some impressive touches during his comeback, and ultimately Wigan were grateful for his points-scoring contribution as they held onto a gutsy, nervy win with a team missing nine senior players.
The former Auckland Vulcans player reckons the experiences will serve the young players – such as Ryan Hampshire, George Williams and Lewis Tierney – well, and ultimately help the team if injuries and suspensions bite later in the campaign.
“We’ve got a really strong squad, anyone can step up and do a job,” said Gelling, who filled in for the rested Pat Richards.
“I’m only 22 but I felt pretty old out there (against Widnes!), especially with Lewis running around.
“But you need a strong squad and I think we’re going to take it to the finals and be really strong.”