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Wigan's Mr Grumpy has Saints in his sights.

WIGAN hooker Michael McIlorum is set to end a 14-month injury heartache after becoming Mr Grumpy.

The 29-year-old former England international has not played since breaking and dislocating an ankle against Brisbane in the World Club Series in February 2016.

He had hoped to be fit for the start of this season but surgical plates were causing him discomfort, forcing him to go under the knife again, which delayed his return.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane says McIlorum is likely to get his chance to play in the Good Friday derby with St Helens at the DW Stadium, when captain Sean O'Loughlin, winger Joe Burgess and centre Anthony Gelling are also set to return from injury.

"Mickey's got a good chance of playing over the weekend," Wane said. "I'll decide which game he plays and how many minutes he plays but St Helens is looking favourite.

"He's changed into somebody else, he's gone from being a nice person listening to the physios and doing all the right things in the gym to someone who, all of a sudden isn't speaking to anybody. He's grumpy so I know he's ready. Whether the physio says he's good or not, me and him know when he's ready to play and that's now."

Wane says McIlorum is likely to be on the bench on Friday, with Sam Powell retaining the hooking role after deputising so well in his absence.

"It might take three or four games for Mickey," Wane said. "I'm not expecting him to make line breaks, I just want him to get some minutes under his belt."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 12, 2017
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