SAM Tomkins has been cleared to lead Wigan’s home assault against Hull KR this evening – as coaches breathe a sigh of relief over the fitness of another home-grown player.
An Air Ambulance was called when John Walker was knocked out during an Under-20s game on Saturday.
The helicopter landed on the Edge Hall Road ground pitch at half-time, whisking the forward – who has one Super League game under his belt – away to hospital.
Coach Michael Maguire, who witnessed the incident, said: “Thankfully John should be okay.
“It was a freak incident, the ball was kicked and hit him straight between the eyes and he was out for a while.
“The Air Ambulance was a precautionary measure but we didn’t want to take any chances.”
Maguire has quickly turned his attentions to this evening’s home clash against Hull KR.
Warriors need the two points to draw level with table front-runners Warrington and St Helens, who both tasted success last Friday night with wins against Leeds and Crusaders respectively.
Maguire said: “We’re not focusing on the table yet, though obviously we’re aware of where we are in relation to the other teams.
“I’m more concerned with getting a good performance. We were disappointed with many of the things we did against Bradford last week, even though we won, and we really want to correct those and put in a good display.”
Full-back Tomkins – knocked out in the Challenge Cup 26-22 triumph at Bradford a week ago – was always expected to play, but only received the medical clearance on Saturday when he passed a ‘head test’.
Centre George Carmont may also return after a calf-strain but Maguire rated Harrison Hansen’s chances of returning, after a month-long lay-off, as “50-50”. He was making a final call on the forward’s fitness earlier today.