Month lay-off for Hock
Warrior forward out for four to six weeks
By Phil Jackson. Last Updated: March 18, 2008 2:33pm
Hock: Injured at a crucial time
Wigan second-rower Gareth Hock has been ruled out of action for a month with a thumb injury.
"Gaz has been brilliant so far this season, our best forward."
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Hock picked up the injury in the Warriors' late 20-19 win at Huddersfield on Sunday and X-rays have revealed a break.
He will be out for four to six weeks with the injury and will miss the gruelling Easter period with three games in a week.
Brian Noble's side have been in good form so far this season and team-mate Phil Bailey admits it is a real blow to the club's aspirations.
"The down side to getting the two points at Huddersfield was the loss of Gaz Hock with a broken thumb," Bailey told the club's website.
"Gaz has been brilliant so far this season, our best forward. When we've been on the back foot he's stepped up and created a break for someone while his offloading is second to none, we'll certainly miss him."
Hock is now scheduled to miss the trip to arch-rivals St Helens on Friday, along with the games against Hull Kingston Rovers, Wakefield Wildcats, Leeds Rhinos and Catalans Dragons.
He should be in contention to return against the Bradford Bulls at the end of April.