Bad break for Carmont
Wigan Warriors centre George Carmont has been ruled out for at least a month with a broken thumb.
The 33-year-old Samoa international suffered the injury in Sunday's season-opening Stobart Super League loss to Huddersfield Giants.
Warriors coach Shaun Wane said: “It has been confirmed that George sadly broke his thumb and it looks like he will be out of action for four weeks, but this gives an opportunity to someone else to step up.
“It is a blow to the club and to George but we have to deal with it.”
Carmont's absence will be a blow coming after an outstanding 2011 season in which the veteran earned a place in the Super League Dream Team.
The former Newcastle Knights back did consider retirement last year but signed a new contract committing himself to the end of the current campaign.
Wane will now have to make at least two changes for Saturday's clash against Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium with forward Liam Farrell also ruled out through suspension.