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Wigan coach Shaun Wane does not expect England hooker Michael McIlorum to play again this year.
The 28-year-old has undergone surgery after sustaining a broken and dislocated ankle in the Warriors' 42-12 World Club Series defeat by Brisbane Broncos last month.
"Micky's operation went well, the surgeon is really happy," Wane said at the club's weekly press conference. "It will be a long one, I can't see him playing again this year."
Confirmation of the extent of McIlorum's injury is likely to prompt Wane to step up his search for a specialist replacement but, in the meantime, Sam Powell is likely to retain the hooking duties for Friday's visit to Hull.
England winger Josh Charnley is set to return in that game after sitting out the last two with a facial injury.
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