Wigan struggling for fit full-back


7th May 2014

Wigan Warriors will go into Friday's First Utility Super League match against Hull FC without a specialist full-back.

First-choice number one Matt Bowen is out with a knee problem sustained in training, his understudy Ryan Hampshire picked up a knock playing for the club's under-19s and the Warriors' other full-back, Lewis Tierney, was injured playing for partnership club Workington.

Coach Shaun Wane is likely to turn to Dan Sarginson or Anthony Gelling to plug the gap at the back, while England forward Liam Farrell is one of five forwards missing after sustaining an ankle injury in last Friday's defeat at Leeds Rhinos.

Wane has included academy products Ryan Sutton, Dom Manfredi and Connor Farrell, brother of Liam, in his 19-man squad for the trip to the KC Stadium.

Australian stand-off Jordan Rankin is a notable absentee from Hull's squad as he makes way for the return of Richard Horne following Sunday's home defeat by Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Former Wigan second rower Chris Tuson is out with a hamstring injury but winger Liam Colbon is set to face his old club after being recalled.