WIGAN will be down to the bare bones for their Magic showdown with Leeds.
Shaun Wane yesterday revealed NONE of the injured front-line players are likely to return for Saturday’s headline clash.
The coach is even considering switching England hooker Mike McIlorum to cover the loose-forward role after Tony Clubb was added to the mounting injury list after damaging knee ligaments last Friday.
Internationals Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Farrell, Josh Charnley, Ben Flower, Matty Bowen and Eddy Pettybourne all missed Friday’s 44-16 win at Hull.
Centre Iain Thornley is out for the season, while three fringe players who would appear next in line – Ryan Hampshire, Greg Burke and Ryan Sutton – have also been ruled out.
With a total of 11 players sidelined, and Logan Tomkins (Salford) and Sam Hopkins (Leigh) out on loan, youngsters Ben Austin and Rob Lever have come into the picture.
Wane may also recall halfback/hooker Sam Powell, who missed out on selection last Friday, and use McIlorum as a makeshift backrower.
“Sam’s a body and a tough player, I may put him in and shift Micky Mac to loose forward, that’s one option,” said Wane, at the launch of the Magic Weekend in Manchester yesterday.
Despite the setbacks, he is refusing to make any pre-emptive excuses.
“We’re absolutely down to the bare bones,” he said. “But I’m not stressed – I want us to win and genuinely think we’ll be competitive.”