O'Loughlin boost for Wigan

Sean O'Loughlin's hopes of playing in the World Club Challenge appear to have been given a boost after he was named in Wigan's 19-man squad for the showdown with Sydney Roosters.

The Warriors captain was an injury worry after missing the opening game of the Super League season against Huddersfield and sitting out the warm-up match against New Zealand Warriors.

O'Loughlin was on Tuesday included in coach Shaun Wane's preliminary squad, but his fitness has not yet been completely confirmed as two players will be trimmed from the party ahead of the match on Saturday.

The 31-year-old's last two appearances for his club were in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley last August and the Grand Final at Old Trafford in October, both of which the Warriors won.

England winger Josh Charnley is also included after missing the Huddersfield game following a hernia operation.

Wigan's only injury absentee from the preliminary 19 is hooker or half-back Sam Powell, who sustained an ankle injury in training.

Wigan 19-man squad: J Bateman, M Bowen, J Burgess, J Charnley, T Clubb, D Crosby, G Dudson, L Farrell, B Flower, A Gelling, D Goulding, B Green, J Hughes, M McIlorum, S O'Loughlin (capt), E Pettybourne, D Sarginson, M Smith, S Taylor.