Lockers out for Cas clash

Sean O'Loughlin suffered an injury at the Magic Weekend
Sean O'Loughlin suffered an injury at the Magic Weekend
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Shaun Wane hopes the return of an England forward will help compensate for the loss of another.

Captain Sean O’Loughlin will sit out Thursday’s trip to Castleford with a leg injury suffered early in the stages of the 40-8 win against Leeds.

He was having his adductor scanned last night and is expected to face several weeks on the sidelines.

But Wane is hoping to replace him with an international team-mate.

Joel Tomkins (knee) and Liam Farrell (ribs) missed the Magic Weekend.

Both are still doubtful but the coach is keeping his fingers crossed at least one of them will get the green-light to face the Tigers.

“If Faz is fit, we’ll play him on Thursday,” said Wane.

“Joel has a chance, too. He was going to play against Leeds but his knee swelled up again.

“We’ll know more on Wednesday.”

He confirmed both may need further treatment down the line - possibly in the off-season.

One player who can not wait that long is Tony Clubb, who will go under the knife next week.

The prop suffered a neck injury the previous week and is facing a three-month lay-off.

Centre Anthony Gelling is also still absent with a chest problem though he may be back within two weeks.

Wane added: “I feel like we’re taking two steps forward and two back, we’re paddling.

“We’re getting some players back but then others are going down.

“I’ve lost my biggest enforcer, in Clubby, and Lockers is a big loss - he’s like an extra half.

“It’s sad we’re without two key middles for a few weeks but that’s the way it is.”

Wane, at least, has no disciplinary issues to worry about - no Wigan players were cited by the match review panel yesterday.