Wrist blow for Hansen

Harrison Hansen goes in for a try
Harrison Hansen goes in for a try
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HARRISON Hansen could miss the start of the Super League campaign with fears he has broken his wrist.

The Warriors second-row picked up the injury during the recent friendly win at Salford.

Hansen will visit the specialist for a scan this week - with coach Shaun Wane keeping his fingers crossed there is no lasting damage.

“At the moment we’re waiting to find out how serious it is,” Wane told the Evening Post.

“The scan will give us a better idea of what we’re dealing with, and the worst-case scenario would be a fracture.

“We won’t know for a few days so fingers crossed in the meantime, but it’s affecting his day-today training.

“He’s struggling in the gym with his grip on the weights - and for him to be missing any part of training means it must be serious because he’s a tough competitor.”

The injury to Hansen is particularly untimely, given the departure of Gareth Hock on a season-long loan to Widnes.

“Harrison’s been great in pre-season and, if it is a break, it would be a massive blow for us as well as him,” Wane acknowledged.

“He’s come through the system to become part of the leadership group now, so I obviously rate him very highly.

“If it is, we’ll have to deal with it, but hopefully it won’t come to that.”

Elsewhere, Wane has reported a relatively clean bill of health ahead of Saturday’s clash at Warrington - Wigan’s final hit-out before the season kicks off the following weekend.

“Pre-season has gone really well and we’re exactly where I wanted us to be at this stage of the season,” Wane added.

“It’s going to be a long season but we’ve already seen signs at Salford that we’re heading in the right direction and I’m expecting for more positives in the Warrington game.

Skipper Sean O’Loughlin is a slight doubt for the Warrington game with a calf strain with Chris Tuson (knee) definitely out, but both should be okay for the big Super League opener at Salford.