CENTRE Dan Sarginson is battling to be fit for Wigan’s season-opener.
The England international is recovering from a training-ground groin injury which has also threatened his involvement in any of the Warriors’ pre-season matches. The Warriors begin the new Super League campaign three weeks tomorrow at Widnes.
And while Sarginson is keeping his fingers crossed he will get the green light to play, he admits it is difficult to predict.
He said: “I’m hoping to be fit for the start of the season.
“It’s not definite though, because it’s a step-by-step process.
“Once I’m pain-free I can move on, but I hope to be ready for the start.
“It’s just a stress injury, so I’m resting up and getting plenty of physio. I’ve had a couple of injections into the pelvis to help the healing process.
“It’s all right, I’ve just got to take it step-by-step.”
Once he is fit, the 21-year-old will be hoping to start where he left off.
Signed from London Broncos ahead of last season, he cemented his place in the left centre role and was a sensation for England in the Four Nations.
Fellow centre Iain Thornley is Shaun Wane’s only long-term absentee through injury.
Both Sam Powell and Lee Mossop are recovering from operations, and Wane says there is a chance they will each get to play in one of Wigan’s pre-season friendlies.
A team comprised mainly of Under-19s players will travel to London Skolars on Friday.
A strong squad travels to Leigh on Sunday, before friendlies against St Helens and Workington on consecutive weekends ahead of their Super League opener on February 5.