Leuluai blow for Wigan

Super League table-toppers Wigan Warriors (EVS Challenge Cup Outright) have been hit by the news scrum-half Thomas Leuluai faces a two-month injury lay-off after suffering a broken leg in the Exiles’ 18-10 defeat by England on Saturday.

Leuluai, who is leaving the Warriors at the end of the season to rejoin New Zealand Warriors, fell awkwardly during the second half of the game at St Helens’ Langtree Park.

And, scans on the injured leg on Sunday have confirmed that Leuluai, who was captain of the Super League-based overseas side, suffered a break as well as ankle-ligament damage.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane confirmed that Leuluai will miss up to eight weeks of action, including the Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds on July 14, while he would struggle to be ready to line-up in the final on August 25 if the Warriors progress.

“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.”

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