Wigan’s Tony Clubb could be forced to undergo another operation after suffering an injury setback.
The former London forward has missed the last four months of action, but was hopeful of making a return before the end of the season.
However, the 29-year-old will not take place in Wigan’s hunt of the Grand Final, after scans showed that his injury has not healed.
“The plan was to get back for the Widnes game last month,” he told Wigan Today.
“But the surgeon said it would be best if I left it because it’s not healing. In between my discs I have a metal cage, and the bones have to calcify – they have to heal to the cage – and they’re not even trying.
“We’re going to go back in three weeks and see what happens. If they look like they’re trying to heal, we’ll leave it over the off-season. If not, the plan is a bone graft from my hip bone and stick that in my neck to speed up the healing. We’ll just have to wait and see.
“If it happens again it’ll probably finish me off, so it’s something I need to get right.
“But I asked the surgeon and he said that, if we were to do a bone graft, it would 100 per cent heal. So that’s reassurance. “When it comes to the neck, it was something I was never going to rush.”
“But the surgeon said it would be best if I left it because it’s not healing.”