Tomkins and O'Loughlin blow for Warriors

By Russell Greaves 26 September 2016 45
Tomkins and O'Loughlin blow for Warriors

Sam Tomkins and captain Sean O'Loughlin have been ruled out of Wigan Warriors' play-off semi-final showdown with Hull FC on Friday.

A foot injury rules full-back Tomkins out of any possible Grand Final appearance, while O'Loughlin's chances of playing again this season were rated as highly doubtful.

Chairman Ian Lenagan told the club's official website: "This season has thrown up bigger challenges with injuries than ever before, yet I'm proud to say we are still fighting fiercely and successfully as shown by the 12-man victory over Warrington last week and in Friday’s performance against Catalans to qualify for a home semi-final.

"Currently, Wigan have only 20 players available from a first-team squad of 35, but there is a tremendous spirit and confidence among this Wigan group that thrives in adversity.

"That character and resilience, plus the ever-improving performances in defence - and growing effectiveness in attack - of our remaining first-team and academy players lays a great platform for the crucial next two weeks.

"Despite all of the challenges that the club have faced this year I, Shaun Wane, Kris Radlinski and the first-team squad believe that we can defy the odds to make this an excellent season-end for Wigan."

Wigan, who lost the 2015 Grand Final to Leeds Rhinos, are also without forward Ben Flower for the semi-final as he serves the second of a two-match ban.

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