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“The comeback is on” – Wigan Warriors star’s message following brutal injury

Wigan Warriors Willie Isa

Wigan Warriors cruised into the Challenge Cup semi-finals on Sunday with a 60-6 win over Castleford Tigers, however, the victory was marred by a horror injury to Willie Isa which the forward has now offered fans an update on.

Isa was stretchered off the field in the first at Wheldon Road on Sunday with what Matt Peet initially described as a “dislocation and fracture in his lower leg”.

That was later confirmed by Wigan Warriors on social media to be a fracture dislocation to his ankle as they revealed that the forward remained in good spirits.

Isa has now addressed fans for the first time since his injury with a post on his social media, sharing the club’s initial update with a message of his own.

Posting on X, the 35-year-old said: “This moment was hard to comprehend + come to terms with but I realise it is part of the game + have no blame on anyone!

“Incredibly grateful for the medical staff at @WiganWarriorsRL & @CTRLFC & for all the messages of support from the RL community.

“The comeback is on.. again.”

It could be a long road to recovery for Isa who played just 11 games in 2023 after suffering a number of injuries but all at Serious About Rugby League wish him the best in that journey and look forward to seeing him back on the field.

Castleford man banned for tackle that injured Wigan Warriors forward

Wigan Warriors player stretchered off against Castleford Tigers.

Credit: Imago Images

Isa will be on the sideline for an extended period due to the injury but the man adjudged to have caused the injury, Sylvester Namo, could be on the sidelines for a long period too.

The Match Review Panel findings yesterday revealed that the Tigers’ recruit had been hit with a Grade F charge of ‘dangerous contact’ which could carry a six-game ban or more if found guilty.

Namo will attend the Operational Rules Tribunal tonight alongside Bayley Sironen (Grade E Head Contact) and Jesse Sue (Grade B Dangerous Contact) where he will learn his fate.

Since confirmation of that charge, footage of the tackle surfaced on social media with Namo seen wrapping Isa’s legs as the third man in the tackle causing the unfortunate injury.

Fans have reacted to the footage querying whether it was worth a possible six-game ban, however, the disciplinary process does take into account the level of injury caused which will clearly work against Namo.

It is worth noting the classy touch from the Wigan Warriors man involved in this with Isa explicitly saying that he holds “no blame on anyone”, something that could work in Namo’s favour at tribunal if used as evidence.

All Super League charges and bans from the 2024 season can be found here.

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  1. Anonymous

    April 16, 2024 at 8:17 pm

    Banned for 5, Willie Isa will miss many more games than that

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