Wigan have ruled out new Australian signing Jai Field for five months with a serious torn hamstring sustained on his Super League debut.
The 23-year-old utility back, who has joined the Warriors on a two-year contract from Parramatta, sustained the injury just 19 minutes into Friday’s opening game against Leigh.
Wigan coach Adrian Lam says the injury proved worse than initially thought.
“It’s the worst-case scenario with Jai,” Lam said.
“It looks like he’s torn the belly of the hamstring, with tendons and everything involved with that, so it’s a real bad injury. He’ll be out five months, it’s not good at all.”
Lam said the club was devastated for Field and his family, noting the pandemic had already made his time in the UK difficult.
“We’ve just got to make sure we rally around him to make him feel okay because it’s a difficult time for him,” he said.
“He’s been here for a long time without his family and through the COVID period he’s been isolated. He gets a chance to play rugby which he loves most and this happens.”
Field was used as a makeshift winger on Friday, with both Liam Marshall and Dom Manfredi on the sidelines.
Lam added that half-back Jackson Hastings, who sat out the opening game after arriving back late from Australia, will play against Trinity as he continued to dampen speculation over the player’s immediate future.
“He’s here, he’s training well and we’re enjoying his company,” Lam said.
“He’s going to play a part in helping us be successful this year.
“He ran the water for us last Friday and more than likely he’s going to play this week. He’ll be in the 17.”
Australian full-back Bevan French is currently in quarantine after also delaying his return to the UK but is close to playing.
“The first day he can join us is in on Thursday so he’ll be on the bus with us,” Lam said.