Warriors blow as Charnley ruled out for six weeks

Wigan Warriors' Josh Charnley scores against Castleford
Wigan Warriors' Josh Charnley scores against Castleford

WIGAN have been dealt an injury blow after England winger Josh Charnley was ruled out for up to six weeks.

The flyer limped off in the first-half of last Friday’s tense 13-12 win against Hull FC.

It’s unfortunate, but it gives Dom Manfredi a chance to show what he can do and I’m chilled about it

Shaun Wane

Scans have revealed he suffered a high ankle strain. Sam Powell and Ryan Sutton also have injuries.

Charnley will not need surgery, but he will wear a protective boot for around four weeks before he can look at a return to action.

Dom Manfredi will come into the frame as his replacement, starting with Friday’s heavyweight showdown at Leeds.

Coach Shaun Wane said: “Josh is likely to be out for between four to six weeks.

“It’s unfortunate, but it gives Dom a chance to show what he can do and I’m chilled about it.

“Dom can do things which Josh can’t, I’m a big fan of his.”

Academy-product Manfredi – who scored 11 tries in 14 appearances last year – has figured once this season, in the loss at Castleford 10 days ago.

He had been pencilled in to play for partnership club Workington against Sheffield yesterday but was withdrawn once Charnley was injured.

Meanwhile, Wane may learn today the extent of injuries to half-back Powell and prop Sutton.

Powell suffered a suspected calf tear in Friday’s win, while Sutton, 19, will see a neurologist about a possible concussion.

George Williams - used as bench hooker for the last two games - is likely to replace Powell at stand-off at Headingley this Friday night, which may create an opening for Logan Tomkins to return to the squad, while Dom Crosby is set to replace Sutton.