The Wigan Warriors ace will miss the start of the campaign

Bevan French

The 26-year-old Australian has returned home to undertake and recover from a serious hamstring injury sustained last May and is now on compassionate care leave following the death of his mother.

“The last time I spoke to him was right after his mother passed away,” new head coach Matt Peet said at the Warriors’ preseason media day. “We are very open with him and I said I would contact him next week.

“From there, I imagine we’ll start talking about when he’s about to come back after the funeral and business is over.

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“I know he can’t wait to come back but we gave him some space.

“We will make sure he arrives at the right time, fit and healthy.”

The Frenchman, 26, who was signed from Parramatta in July 2019, missed the start of last season after being allowed to stay in Australia due to the Covid-19 situation at the time.

Wigan will also be without striker Ethan Havard for their opener against Hull KR in a fortnight on Friday.

Havard is undergoing treatment for an abscess following back surgery in the off-season and is not expected to be available until March.

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