Super League Grand Final: Sean O'Loughlin return key, says Farrell

Super League Grand Final: Wigan v Warrington

  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Date: Saturday, 5 October
  • Kick-off: 18:00 BST

Coverage: Live text commentary on BBC Sport website, live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Manchester & BBC Radio Merseyside; Highlights on Sunday at 17:00 on BBC Two/online

Wigan are anxiously waiting to discover if captain Sean O'Loughlin will recover from an Achilles injury in time to face Warrington in Saturday's Grand Final.

The Warriors skipper, 30, has not played since leading Wigan to Challenge Cup final victory on 24 August.

England international O'Loughlin had a protective boot removed on Monday.

"He's an outstanding captain who brings a presence on the field. If he had any chance of playing, he definitely would," said second-rower Liam Farrell.

Loose forward O'Loughlin, who has been included in England's 24-man squad for the upcoming World Cup, was one of three nominees for the 2013 Man of Steel award, but lost out to Huddersfield Giants half-back Danny Brough.

Wigan's slump in the second half of the season coincided with the start of his injury problems, although Shaun Wane's men bounced back to defeat League Leaders' Shield winners Huddersfield and reigning champions Leeds in the play-offs without their captain.

Liam Farrell

Liam Farrell played in Wigan's 2010 Grand Final success against St Helens at Old Trafford

If O'Loughlin is not fit enough to return at Old Trafford, full-back Sam Tomkins will lead the side in his final game for Wigan before completing a world-record move to NRL side New Zealand Warriors.

But every Wigan player is desperate for O'Loughlin to play, with 23-year-old Farrell telling BBC Radio Manchester: "Sam would admit this himself - people talk about how we miss Sam when he doesn't play, but he would admit that the person we miss the most in that team is Sean."

Farrell has also been named in Steve McNamara's World Cup squad and is set to make his second appearance in a Grand Final on Saturday, having appeared as a replacement in Wigan's 2010 victory against St Helens.

"It was my debut year, I ended up playing a lot more games than I expected and finished off with a win in the Grand Final," he said.

"I was very nervous then - I was sat on the bench and I couldn't keep still. This is going to be a different occasion this time. I've always wanted to be in a Grand Final where I've started and hopefully I'll get my chance this week."