Injury boost for Wigan's Roberts

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Wigan's Amos Roberts has been cleared of a suspected broken leg, but still faces a long lay-off from the table-topping side. Roberts was carried off after colliding with the goal-post as he scored his second try in the victory over Wakefield on Monday.

An x-ray has shown he did not break his leg, as was first feared, but it will require a scan tonight before knee ligament damage can be assessed. At best, the utility back could be out for six weeks; at worst, it could be the end of his season. Roberts has been in outstanding form in his second season with Wigan, after a slow start last year. However, they have a useful replacement in Cameron Phelps, who may well be fit to resume after a thigh muscle injury at Salford on Sunday.

Wigan have denied that there was anything wrong with the padding around the goal-post that might have contributed to the injury. Study of footage has shown the damage was done inadvertently by a Wakefield tackler, Wigan say, rather than the post.