Lam sweats on Sarginson selection

Lam sweats on Sarginson selection

  • Adrian Lam on Dan Sarginson’s hopes of a World Club Challenge appearance next Sunday.

  • Sarginson picked up an ankle injury in the first half of Wigan’s victory against Leeds on Friday.

  • Lam: “Because of a late fluid blow-up (in the ankle), we just made a decision: ‘let’s look forward to next week’.”

England centre Dan Sarginson will be named in Wigan’s World Club Challenge side and be given until next Saturday morning to prove his fitness.

The 25-year-old played no part in the second half of the Warriors’ 34-16 win over Leeds at DW Stadium on Friday night after failing a dramatic fitness test during the break.

Coach Adrian Lam confirmed the former London and Gold Coast three-quarter was in serious doubt for the world title bout with Sydney Roosters at the same venue next Sunday night.

“I think the great thing about Sarginson and this game is we’ve got nine days,” Lam said.

“So we’re going to give him every opportunity - probably up until captain’s run. He’s a big part of our side, he’s a great leader within the side. He’s probably been in our top two pre-season trainers. He was going to go on in the second half so that’s a positive. Because of a late fluid blow-up (in the ankle), we just made a decision: ‘let’s look forward to next week’.

“We thought we had him covered. Let’s hope we made the right decision.”

Sarginson is hugged by his teammates after scoring Wigan’s first try against Leeds.

Perth-born Sarginson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury after just six games for Gold Coast in 2017 and agreed to cut short his NRL stint, which was to also include last year, to rejoin Wigan.

While missing the World Club Challenge would obviously be a massive blow to the player himself - the shoulder injury also cost him two months of his return season - his unofficial wikipedia biographer would also no doubt be crestfallen.

The unknown chronicler wrote in Sarginson’s current Wiki entry: “Daníel, on the side of his career as an incredible rugby player, is partial to a vast knowledge of orca hunting strategy as he believes it will aid in his attacking prowess within his own sport.

“On cheat days, can be found indulging in a Roman bowl of chips, as history dictates the Emperors of Rome would, in their prime.”

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