Tony Smith on Warrington Wolves stars Chris Bridge and Ben Currie's fitness

Smith on Bridge and Currie fitness

Smith on Bridge and Currie fitness

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BEN Currie makes Tony Smith’s 19-man squad for the clash with Huddersfield Giants but the second row remains a doubt for tonight, Thursday.

Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby is, however, hopeful top points scorer Chris Bridge will make a swift return from a hamstring strain.

Currie suffered a dead leg in the 26-24 win at Catalan Dragons on August 1, with the 20-year-old’s recovery taking longer than expected.

“It was right on top of the knee and it took some time for the swelling to come down because it’s in such a functional part of the body,” explained Smith.

“They can be quite severe, so originally it was hoped he’d only be a week or so but he’s missed around three now.

“It’s a bit unfortunate for Ben but we’re fortunate he has recovered and is working well in training and becomes a fit and healthy body for us.

“Chris strained his hamstring so that’s a forced change. He’s done a reasonable job on it but we’re hoping it’s a two or three-week job.”

The injury to Bridge, who started alongside Gareth O’Brien against Castleford, means another change in half-back combination for Smith.

“We’ve got a lot of capable players who can slot in and slot out,” he said.

“It’s about producing on the day and doing your best wherever you’re selected and we’ve got people who are capable of that.”

With there being no game last weekend Smith gave his side a chance to freshen up after the win against Castleford and expects a big performance against Huddersfield.

“We’re not used to having such a long turnaround but we’ve coped with it pretty well,” he added.

“We gave the players three days off after Cas and since then we’ve been working. We worked over the weekend and the attitude’s terrific.

“They did really well and we’re building up for hopefully one of our best performances of the season.

“We’re trying to build the momentum and consistency we know we’re capable of. There’s still a lot of improvement in us yet, so it’s a good week for it as we’re coming up against a very good team.”

Wolves’ 19-man squad: Ryan Atkins, Ben Currie, Anthony England, Rhys Evans, Simon Grix, Ben Harrison, Micky Higham, Chris Hill, James Laithwaite, Joel Monaghan, Michael Monaghan, Richie Myler, Gareth O’Brien, Gene Ormsby, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Russell, Trent Waterhouse, Ben Westwood, Paul Wood.

Giants’ 19-man squad: Scott Grix, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Joe Wardle, Aaron Murphy, Danny Brough, Luke Robinson, Eorl Crabtree, Shaun Lunt, Craig Kopczak, Brett Ferres, Chris Bailey, Michael Lawrence, Larne Patrick, David Faiumu, Ukuma Ta’ai, Jodie Broughton, Antonio Kaufusi, Anthony Mullally.

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