WIGAN last night received a huge fitness boost after Micky McIlorum was cleared of any serious injury.
The hooker met with an specialist yesterday after suffering a “substantial trauma to his eye” during Friday’s 25-18 loss at Leeds.
He took a stray finger in the eye from team-mate George Williams, forcing him from the pitch.
But he has avoided a long spell on the sidelines after being cleared to play on.
McIlorum could now figure in Wigan’s next match – at Warrington this Friday night – and, even if he misses out as the injury heals, it won’t be for a lengthy period.
Wigan’s other specialist hooker, Logan Tomkins, is seeing out his Wigan deal on loan at Salford – but halfback Sam Powell can slot into the dummy half role.
The news will be welcomed by Warriors, who rate the No.9 highly and only last week handed him a contract extension which runs until the end of 2019.
Shaun Wane may discover today whether winger Joe Burgess is fit to return this week.
He has missed the last two matches with a knee injury but is in the frame to return to face the Wolves, possibly at the expense of Dom Manfredi.
But the Warriors boss is still waiting to discover how long he may be without Dan Sarginson.
The centre is on crutches after surgery on a hamstring injury he suffered last month.
Wane may discover a more detailed time frame as early as today.
With less than two months of the regular season remaining, Sarginsonis in danger of missing the rest of the campaign – which would crush his England hopes.
The 22-year-old, who is under contract until the end of next season, played in last year’s Four Nations and was keen to retain the spot for the three Test series against New Zealand later this year. Forward John Bateman has been covering for Sarginson.
No Wigan player has been cited by the match review panel in wake of the defeat at Headingley, which saw Leeds open up a four-point lead at the top of the table. Rhinos prop Kylie Leuluai has been cautioned but not banned for tripping Matty Bowen.
Meanwhile, Warrington are promoting Friday’s televised match against the Warriors as ‘The Big Pie Smash’.
They have produced a light-hearted video in which new recruit Chris Sandow crushes pies. “I am now ready to smash some pies,” the Australian says on the promo, which has been posted on YouTube.