Wigan centre Oliver Gildart will miss the start of the 2020 Super League season with an injury sustained on Great Britain’s tour Down Under.
Gildart, 23, suffered a dislocated shoulder in the tour opener against Tonga and has undergone surgery.
He is expected to be sidelined for between four and five months.
Coach Adrian Lam said: “It’s a blow, as Oliver is a quality player, but injuries are part and parcel of a sport as tough as rugby league and his misfortune presents another member of our squad with an opportunity to contribute in the early weeks of the 2020 season.
“The surgery was a success and we’ll support the player throughout his rehabilitation process to get him on the road to recovery as soon as possible.”