Yeaman hopeful of final nod
Hull centre Kirk Yeaman is hoping coach Peter Gentle will give him until the last minute to prove his fitness for the Challenge Cup final.
The former Great Britain international went over on his ankle just 20 seconds from the end of his side's 18-13 Super League win over Salford last Friday and, like his life flashing before him, immediately feared the worst.
"It was the first thing that came to my mind, straight away, as I was on the floor," Yeaman said at the Cup final media day in Manchester.
"I took a carry and someone just fell on my ankle and knocked it the other way.
"I felt it go straight away but it seemed to ease down afterwards.
"My missus said 'what were you doing taking a carry with 20 seconds to go?'
"It's still a little bit sore. I'll see how it goes during the week but hopefully it will be okay.
"I'll do everything possible to get on that pitch, even if it takes up to two o'clock on Saturday."
Yeaman, 29, one of three survivors from Hull's last Cup final triumph in 2005, is not the only injury concern for Gentle ahead of the Wigan game.
Already without long-term casualties Ben Crooks, Ben Galea and Shannon McDonnell, Hull also have doubts over Yeaman's centre partner Joe Arundel, goalkicking second rower Danny Tickle and winger Tom Lineham, who are all facing fitness tests.
Tickle's dead leg is not thought to be a major concern, while Arundel's hand injury is also not expected to keep him out and Lineham will be given every chance to prove his fitness after missing the Salford game with an ankle injury.
The 21-year-old Lineham has been a revelation this year and it was his long-range try against Warrington - his 17th of the season - that turned the semi-final at Huddersfield last month.
"It will be fantastic if Tom plays," Yeaman said. "He showed in the semi-final what he can do.
"It's great to see Tom in open space. He's a big strong lad and fingers crossed he can pull through and play."
Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin is the Warriors' only injury doubt after missing the last two matches with a calf injury.
"I picked up a bit of a calf strain two or three weeks ago and it didn't quite settle down as well as I wanted it to," he said.
"But I have had a few weeks physio on it and it has settled down well now. I should be all right for Saturday."