Wigan winger Joe Burgess is back in training and stepping up his efforts to get himself back to fitness ahead of the new season.
The winger is back running after suffering an anterior knee ligament injury which ended his contribution last season.
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Originally he had hoped to be back for the start of the campaign but a bout of glandular fever put paid to that and he is now looking towards a March return date, meaning he will miss the World Club Challenge match with his former club the Sydney Roosters.
Burgess told Wigan Today: “I started running last week, and it felt better than I expected. I’m aiming to be back for the start of March, maybe the end of February. It’s a shame to miss the World Club but it is what it is.”