Wigan winger Joe Burgess discusses return to fitness from long-term injury
”It’s my chance now to keep a spot in the team.” – Burgess
- Full interview available on Wigan TV
Wigan Warriors winger Joe Burgess says he is looking forward to getting an opportunity in the first team after 11 months on the side-lines through injury.
Head Coach Adrian Lam confirmed that the 24 year-old is in contention for the 19-man squad to face Salford at the weekend, the first time since sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in April 2018. [Click HERE for more]
After such a long spell out of action, Burgess explained how he’s been champing at the bit to get back on the rugby field for the Cherry & Whites.
“It has been a long eleven months. I’ve been hoping to get my chance over the last few weeks but I think the physios wanted to see a bit more confidence and see me train a bit more. This will be the last week of training then hopefully I’ll be back in.”
Over the last two seasons the squad has shown excellent strength in depth when it comes to the wing options with the likes of Manfredi, Burgess, Davies Marshall and Escare all playing their part.
However, more often than not selection has been forced one way or another due to injuries. With all five looking close to full fitness in the coming weeks, Burgess believes this can only be good for the first 13.
“Hopefully all of us can keep injury free this year. I know Marshy got an injury the other week but he will be back soon.
“It’s my chance now to keep a spot in the team and I’ll have Marshy at my heels trying to get it back which is what you need really. It keeps you trying hard and training hard and playing well.”