Withers sent for knee surgery

Wigan Warriors have today announced that full back Michael Withers has been sent for knee surgery and will be out for several weeks.

The 30-year-old Australian, a close season signing from Bradford Bulls, will be entering hospital after picking up the injury in the match against Leeds Rhinos last Tuesday.

Head Coach Brian Noble said, "Michael picked up the injury in the game against Leeds Rhinos and surgery is required. It is bad luck for both Michael and the club."

There is a well documented spate of injuries in Super League at the moment, although prior to this week, Wigan had remained relatively free of any medical problems.

Noble added: "Like a lot of other clubs we work with a small squad these days and injuries inevitably come around, we hope Michael recovers quickly as he is very important to our side."

Noble and Wigan have been criticised for the signing of Withers, with many fans believing it was a reason that saw British youngster Chris Ashton sign a deal with Northampton Rugby Union club. 

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