Leuluai suffers broken leg
have confirmed that scrum-half Thomas Leuluai broke a leg in the Exiles' 18-10 defeat by England on Saturday and will be sidelined for around two months.by NRL
have confirmed that scrum-half Thomas Leuluai broke a leg in the Exiles' 18-10 defeat by England on Saturday and will be sidelined for around two months.
Leuluai, who was captain of the Stobart Super League-based overseas side, was carried off on a stretcher in the second half of the game at Langtree Park after twisting awkwardly on the wet turf and went for scans yesterday which revealed the break as well as ankle-ligament damage.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane expects his player to be out for six to 10 weeks but insists he will be back before the end of the season.
"It is a blow for Tommy and for the club," Wane said.
"But the results of the scan are a lot better than I expected. He will play again this year.
"The injury is a clean break which will mean a couple of months on the sidelines and we look forward to his return to the side at the business end of the season."
Leuluai, who is leaving the club at the end of the season to rejoin New Zealand Warriors, will miss his side's Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds on July 14 and could be a doubt for the August 25 final if the Warriors reach Wembley.
Leuluai has missed only one game so far this year but at least Wigan will have his half-back partner Brett Finch available for their next Super League game, at home to Widnes Vikings next Monday.
Finch and centre George Carmont both pulled out of the Exiles squad with minor knocks sustained in the Warriors' 36-14 win over Catalan Dragons nine days ago.
"Brett needed a rest," said Wane.
"He took a slight knock against Catalans and George has had a tough season and also needed a break."
Wane is likely to switch Finch to scrum-half and move captain Sean O'Loughlin from loose forward to stand-off in the short term.
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