Wigan Warriors Navigate Full-Back Crisis as Jai Field Suffers Injury Blow

Wigan Warriors Face Crucial Period with Jai Field Sidelined

Wigan Warriors will undergo a testing period as they confirm full-back Jai Field will be out for an extended period following a hamstring injury sustained in the Challenge Cup Final. The club’s head coach, Matt Peet, revealed that the Australian international’s return timeline is expected to be around 6-8 weeks, meaning he could potentially return in Round 22 for the Magic Weekend clash against St Helens.

Peet highlighted the tenacity and toughness of Field, noting that “it shouldn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated how special he was that day” while playing through the injury. The coach also assured that the club will not rush the 26-year-old’s recovery, prioritizing his full fitness.

Wigan’s Full-back Options

With Field sidelined, Wigan Warriors face a challenging situation in managing their full-back position. The club has options, including shifting star half-back Bevan French back to the role he occupied at the start of last season. However, that would leave them needing to reshuffle the halves pairing, potentially putting pressure on young playmaker Jack Farrimond.

Alternatively, the Warriors could turn to the versatile Ryan Hampshire, who filled in at full-back against Castleford Tigers. Yet, that move would limit the impact of one of the team’s best halves. The club may also consider exploring the loan market, with Hull FC’s Jack Walker potentially available.

“Regardless of the solution, Wigan Warriors’ priority will be ensuring Field’s full recovery and availability for the crucial stages of the season, including their bid to defend the Grand Final title.”

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