Bateman and Gelling both doubts for Warrington clash

Wigan could be without John Bateman and Anthony Gelling for the top-of-the-table clash with Warrington.

Head coach Shaun Wane confirmed today that Bateman will see a specialist after suffering a concussion in Monday night’s victory over Hull Kingston Rovers.

The loss of Bateman would be a particular blow to the Warriors, who are already without Ben Flower, Liam Farrell and Willie Isa, although Wane is hoping to have them back to face the Wolves.

As for Gelling, the centre is struggling with a knee injury following yesterday’s 30-16 win over Rovers as the Easter schedule begins to take its toll.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s game with Warrington, Wane said: “On form they’re the best team in the competition. It’s the biggest game of the year so far.

“They’ve attacked really well, they’re scoring lots of points and winning a lot of games.”

Wigan have struggled with injuries this year, particularly in the pack; Dom Crosby has yet to feature this year due to a hip injury, Joel Tomkins made his first appearance of the year on Good Friday while Willie Isa has been out for the majority of the season. Liam Farrell has been nursing a shoulder injury, Ben Flower missed out against Hull KR with a leg injury while Michael McIlorum is almost certain to miss the rest of the season after suffering a major ankle injury.