Wigan coach Denis Betts on Wednesday put on a brave face after discovering he will be without captain Andrew Farrell for up to four months of the new Super League season.
The Great Britain captain was forced to return home early from the Warriors' training camp in Florida after struggling with a knee injury and, after seeing a specialist yesterday, immediately underwent surgery.
Farrell, who won the Golden Boot as international player of the year in addition to being named Super League Man of Steel in 2004, will be out of action until mid-May at the earliest.
"It's obviously very disappointing when you lose your captain and your inspiration but it's no use crying over spilt milk," said Betts from Wigan's training base in Orlando.
"You've got to mop it up and get on with it.
"There was a chance he could have been right without the operation but he was struggling to train and recover after each session and so we needed to find out what it was. It's better to get it sorted out now.
"It will be hard for us but it will teach us to play without him. I am looking forward to the likes of Sean O'Loughlin, Gareth Hock and Danny Tickle stepping forward.
"And, when Faz comes back in May, it will provide us with a massive boost."