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Wigan?s new signing Bryan Fletcher will miss the start of the season after undergoing emergency bowel surgery.
The Australian second row is now recuperating at Wigan Royal Infirmary, where he is being monitored daily.
The club report the surgery was successful but the 31-year-old will be sidelined for ?some considerable time?.
Chairman Maurice Lindsay said: ?This is dreadful news particularly for Bryan and his family.
?It was not connected with football in anyway it was an internal problem and we are grateful to the Wigan Royal Infirmary and our own club medic, Doctor Zaman, who dealt with the matter on an emergency basis.
?Our only concern is that Bryan recovers as quickly as possible. I'm sure that everyone at the club and all the Wigan fans will wish him well.?
The club have also received further bad news regarding injuries to key players Gareth Hock and Kris Radlinski.
Second row Hock, who played just three games last season due to a knee injury, has sustained a stress fracture to his other leg and faces a further lengthy lay-off.
Radlinski has suffered a setback in his recovery from the knee injury that wiped out the second half of his 2005 season and required surgery.
Head coach Ian Millward said: ?It's bad luck for Gareth as it's not even the leg he underwent surgery on last year. It is his good leg and we will have to rest him for some considerable time.
?To lose our key back rowers before we kick off is obviously disappointing but we are still approaching the season positively and we have several players competing for all the positions within the side.
?Kris meanwhile, is making a good recovery but we will not play him until we're confident he's fine.?
Fletcher had just joined Wigan on a two-year contract from South Sydney.
Only last year Wigan were forced to terminate the contract of another new signing due to injury.
Prop Luke Davico, who joined the club from Canberra, suffered a pectoral injury in a friendly against Salford and did not play a competitive game for the Warriors.
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Thanks to www.superleague.co.uk for this news.