Wigan prop set for spell on sidelines
Wigan Warriors will be without prop Ben Flower until the Super League play-offs after undergoing surgery on his knee.
The 31-year-old's campaign has been disrupted by injuries and he only returned to action from a back injury against Hull KR at the weekend.
But he is set for another spell on the sidelines due to an ongoing problem with his knee, which the club feel is best to address now.
Flower requires surgery to clean up his knee although head coach Adrian Lam is confident he will have the Welshman back for the play-offs.
"I got the news and I didn't even flinch – because I'm used to it by now," Lam said. "You're just thinking: 'Here we go again', and that's the way it's gone.
"It's not the same injury – it was his back before, this time it's his meniscus, his knee.
"He's gone in to clean up a bit of cartilage and hopefully that'll be right.
"It is what it is. If we can just get to the semis in one piece, we feel we might be okay."
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