O'Loughlin boost for Wigan
Bailey also in line to face Wolves
Last Updated: 04/08/09 2:51pm
O'Loughlin: four matches out
Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin is set to return to lead the Warriors in Saturday's Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington.
The Great Britain loose forward has missed the last four Super League matches with a knee injury, but is on course to play at the Stobart Stadium.
"His chances are pretty good," Wigan coach Brian Noble said. "He'll only play if he's fully fit but he's taking part in training and we'll make a decision on Thursday or Friday.
"He did a bit of training last week and he's progressing well. He's a consummate professional and has due diligence in relation to his rehab.
"He's important to us and so it's important that we give him the best opportunity to play. He's a world-class player."
Wigan are also boosted by the return of Australian second rower Phil Bailey, who has missed the last two matches with a leg injury, but Noble confirmed that centre Darrell Goulding will miss the rest of the season after being told he needs a shoulder re-construction.
Goulding, who was recently recalled from a loan spell at Salford, dislocated his shoulder in last Friday's 10-6 defeat at St Helens.
Young back rower Mark Flanagan is likely to make way if O'Loughlin is fit, although Noble said: "There are three or four people who are on a bit of a sweat process at the moment. Mark Flanagan played well last week.
"It's important that we pick the right balance and the right bench."