Thornley going under knife

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Iain Thornley will miss the rest of the campaign through injury Iain Thornley will miss the rest of the campaign through injury

Wigan centre Iain Thornley is set to miss the rest of the season after being told he needs surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

The 22-year-old played in the Super League champions' opening eight matches of their title defence but is set for an extended lay-off after sustaining his pectoral injury in their Good Friday victory at St Helens.

The Warriors' 33-14 win at Langtree Park came at a cost, with prop forwards Ben Flower (ankle) and Eddy Pettybourne (calf) also facing lay-offs while skipper Sean O'Loughlin is set to sit out Sunday's Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Hunslet with a minor neck problem.

"Losing two front rowers for a decent amount of time is a blow to us, but we have to deal with it," head coach Shaun Wane said.

"Iain will have an operation (on Thursday), Ben is probably six weeks and Eddy is a couple of weeks off."

Matty Bowen, Matty Smith and Joe Burgess are set to return to face the Hawks after being rested for Monday's 84-6 win over Bradford, while Wane confirmed that 18-year-old prop Ryan Sutton will keep his place after making an encouraging debut against the Bulls.

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