MIKE McIlorum has revealed he played in his last match against Widnes without realising he had broken his arm!
The influential hooker returns from a two-month lay-off tonight – against the same opposition he suffered his surprise injury against.
The England No.9 said: “It wasn’t too painful when I did it, I just thought it was a dead arm.
“I was getting subbed off shortly afterwards and I thought it was alright. The next day, our physio sent me for a scan, just in case.
“I came back to the club and they said, ‘It was a good job because it was broken’.” In his absence Wigan have maintained their place among the leading pack, and now have three games to ensure they enter the play-offs in a strong league position.
They trail league leaders St Helens – who face Leeds tonight – by three points.
“For us to win the Shield – which has been one of our goals this year – we need to win our last three games and hope other games go our way,” said McIlorum.
“Saints have a tough run in so we hope they drop a few points and we can take six points from six.”
While youngsters George Williams and Sam Powell did in McIlorum’s absence, the 26-year-old’s return will provide a huge boost for Shaun Wane’s side.
And tonight’s match marks his first game back alongside his good friend Joel Tomkins, since he returned from his spell in rugby union.
“Joel has been a massive help to me,” said McIlorum.
“ He was in the leadership group when he was here the first time and he is someone I looked up to.
“He is a big athlete; strong, fast and he can do pretty much anything. So it is good to have him back.”
Leeds-born McIlorum’ home city ended their Wembley hoodoo last weekend, but the 2013 Challenge Cup winner added: “I didn’t even watch it.
“I was more interested in the football scores to be honest! If I am not there, I don’t want to watch it because I am not really interested.”