Wigan have responded to a savage crop of injuries by bringing two players on loan to Super League rivals back to the club.
Darrell Goulding has been called back from Salford, while Lee Mossop's spell with Huddersfield has also been brought to an end. Both are likely to go straight into the Warriors' squad for Friday night's game against the Catalan Dragons.
They are needed because of the toll taken during last Friday's win over Harlequins. Club captain Sean O'Loughlin and Michael McIlorum are both out for eight weeks with knee injuries. Wigan are also waiting for confirmation that another forward, Harrison Hansen, has broken his hand. Tim Smith will not play for them again after dislocating his shoulder and is returning home to Australia.
That leaves Wigan with just too many gaps to fill; hence the return of Goulding, who has been at Salford all season, and Mossop, who has spent most of it at Barrow and Huddersfield. "We are running out of bodies," said the Wigan coach, Brian Noble, whose own future remains uncertain, with his contract expiring at the end of this season.
Harlequins' David Howell faces a three- to five-match suspension when he appears by video conference at the RFL's disciplinary hearing today. Howell became the first player sent off in Super League this season and is charged with striking Wigan's Sam Tomkins with a forearm.
St Helens are another club with injury worries. After Keiron Cunningham's knee operation, Sean Long has been ruled out for two months after breaking his jaw in the defeat to Salford.
The RFL has denied rumours that Halifax and Widnes have been put on stand-by to replace the Celtic Crusaders in Super League next season. The League has seconded a support team to help the Welsh club.
York have sacked their coach, Paul March, the week after he and five others were suspended for incidents at a club dinner. The Sydney Roosters' Queensland forward, Nate Myles, has been banned for six matches after drunken antics at a hotel, which included defecating in a corridor.Reuse content