Dom Manfredi is “nowhere near” hitting his planned return date next month.
Shaun Wane has revealed the luckless winger’s recovery is going slower than they had expected.
Manfredi, who has’t played a senior game since summer 2016, was hopeful of making a comeback from his ACL injury within weeks.
But asked how he was progressing, Wane said: “Slow. Slow.
“We’re not going to rush him now, I’ll just wait for the physio to tell me when he’s fit.
“Originally it was April, now we’re nowhere near, which is disappointing.”
An academy-product, Manfredi debuted in the double-winning 2013 campaign and made swift progress to claim a starting wing spot.
He did enough before his injury during the 2016 campaign – when his knee crumpled awkwardly under a tackle at Castleford – to warrant selection in the Super League Dream Team.
He suffered a setback in his comeback game for the reserves last August.
In his absence last season, young wingers Tom Davies and Liam Marshall broke through into the team. With Joe Burgess also in the squad, Wane is not short of competition or cover for wing spots.