Mossop getting over ‘hardest part’ of comeback

Wigan Warriors' Lee Mossop is tackled by Salford Red Devils's Cory Paterson
Wigan Warriors' Lee Mossop is tackled by Salford Red Devils's Cory Paterson

LEE Mossop still thinks he has a way to go before he is back to his best – but he is enjoying the challenge.

The Cumbrian prop is determined to put a plague of shoulder injuries behind him and has so far made good progress in his nine appearances since returning to Wigan, scoring three tries.

I think in past seasons I’ve probably got to this stage and picked up some sort of injury. So I’m working hard at the minute trying to get back to what I think I’m capable of

Lee Mossop

But the mental struggle of taking to the field the season after separate shoulder injuries limited him to just three NRL appearances for Parramatta Eels has been the biggest test according to Mossop.

“The hardest part of getting over it is the mental side of it,” he said.

“Getting that confidence back in the shoulder and I think it’s been five or six years of constantly injuring it.

“That’s the main bit but I’m starting to get over that hurdle.”

Mossop had suffered with right shoulder problems since dislocating it in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final and had surgery to fix the problem prior to his NRL debut last season.

But he was ruled out for the season after sustaining an injury to the other shoulder a month after his debut, and required more surgery.

Fully fit and playing regularly in the Warriors side, Mossop says he is ‘enjoying working hard’, but feels there is still progress to be made.

“I think in past seasons I’ve probably got to this stage and picked up some sort of injury,” he said. “So I’m working hard at the minute trying to get back to what I think I’m capable of and those high standards.”

The 26-year-old revealed how coach Shaun Wane has used this week’s eight-day turnaround to tweak side’s defence, and how the players have been given the opportunity to recover from month where five games were crammed into 20 days.

“Waney gave us a couple of days off to freshen up but we’ve done a lot of ‘D’ and been in the wrestling pit just ironing out subtle things,” he said.

Mossop is also expecting tomorrow night’s opponents Hull KR to present a tough test tomorrow after successive defeats. He said: “They’ll be looking to get back on the wagon.”

Shaun Wane has named a largely unchanged squad for tomorrow’s visit of Hull KR.

Ryan Sutton replaces the injured Anthony Gelling as the only change.

Warriors 19-man squad:

John Bateman, Matty Bowen, Joe Burgess, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Ryan Hampshire, Dom Manfredi, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Larne Patrick, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins and George Williams.