Wane waits on Mossop injury

Lee Mossop
Lee Mossop

LEE Mossop faces a wait to discover the extent of a shoulder injury which cut short his first outing of the year.

The Cumbrian prop left the friendly at Leigh shortly before half-time, running straight down the tunnel and playing no further part in the game, which Wigan lost 26-20.

We’re hoping it’s not too bad, we’ll know more in a few days

Shaun Wane

Coach Shaun Wane said yesterday they may need to wait a few days for swelling to settle before they can determine the severity of the problem. But he was keeping his fingers crossed Mossop – who has had severe problems with his shoulders in the past – won’t face a lay-off.

“We’re hoping it’s not too bad, we’ll know more in a few days,” he said. “It’s not the (type of injury) he’s had before, it was more of a stinger at the back of the shoulder, so hopefully he’ll be fine.”

Given Mossop’s past run of bad luck, concerns were inevitably heightened when he left the game at Leigh Sports Village. The former England Test prop has had major operations on both shoulders in the past, and was limited to just three games for NRL side Parramatta in 2014 due to injuries before returning to Wigan.

Even then, the Warriors inserted provisions in his contract “to protect the club against recurrence.”

Wane took a watching brief of Sunday’s friendly, allowing newly-confirmed lead assistant coach John Winder to take charge of the young squad.

Wigan led 14-0 early on and 20-16 in the second-half, before going down to a Centurions side featuring star recruits Rangi Chase, Willie Tonga and Cory Paterson.

“I was happy with how we went,” said Wane.

“If you looked at their squad you’d easily think they were a Super League side, and a good Super League side at that.

“They’ve got some really good players, some of them have played at the highest level, and it was a great test for our younger players to go up against them.

“I thought they did well, we weren’t dominated down the middle, and we learned a lot from it.”

Wigan face Salford on Sunday in their second and final senior friendly. Wane will select his squad later this week but plans to field some of the frontline players who missed out against Leigh.

Meanwhile, Wigan today was last night waiting for clarification from the RFL surrounding Harrison Hansen’s appearance against Wigan.

The ex-Warriors forward played for new club Leigh despite having a one-game ban to serve.