O'Loughlin to Miss Rest of Season

Wigan will be without loose forward Sean O'Loughlin for the rest of 2005.

The Great Britain international has been told he needs reconstructive surgery on his knee after damaging it in the 22-20 win over St Helens.

"It's not only a big blow for us and him but for the game as well because he was maturing into something very special," said Wigan coach Denis Betts.

"On the positive side, you would rather have an injury like this at this stage of your career than later in life."

Wigan have been hit by a succession of injuries since the start of the season.

Prop Luke Davico quit without playing a competitive game for the Warriors after damaging a pectoral muscle.

Second rower Gareth Hock will also sit out the rest of Super League X after damaging knee ligaments.

Lions winger Brian Carney has also barely played in 2005 after missing the start of the campaign with an ankle problem and then injuring a knee in his comeback match.

On top of that, the Warriors have lost skipper Andy Farrell, who decided to join union side Saracens last week.

Yet despite their problems, Wigan enjoyed big wins over St Helens and Hull over the Easter period to move up to third in the Super League table.

And Betts is confident O'Loughlin, Farrell's brother-in-law, will bounce back even stronger.

"The way the medical side of things is set up now and given his attitude and the way he goes about things, he should be OK for the start of next season," said the Warriors coach.

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