HARVEY Livett’s return from a long-term hamstring injury is a timely one, Wolves boss Tony Smith says.

The 20-year-old will make his first appearance for more than four months in the Middle 8s clash with Leigh Centurions tomorrow.

It was initially thought Livett’s injury would keep him out for the remainder of the season, but Smith confirmed he would start at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Livett, whose last game was the 40-18 win over St Helens on May 5, will play at left centre in place of Ryan Atkins, who will undergo surgery on his season-ending hernia injury.

“Ryan has finally succumbed to his hernia, he’s been carrying it for months,” Smith said.

“He has an operation Friday, so the timing of Harvey coming back in has been good.”

Smith also confirmed Joe Westerman would play for the first time in more than two months after finally recovering from his hip flexor problem.

Mike Cooper also returns from an oblique injury, while Smith confirmed Kurt Gidley would start the game at hooker after impressing off the bench in Saturday’s 40-38 win at London Broncos.

Morgan Smith will drop out of the matchday squad, with Brad Dwyer replacing him as interchange hooker.

“Kurt has had a good run-out now, he’s a lot fitter and better for it,” Smith said.

“He’ll start this weekend, which I don’t think will be a surprise to anybody. He played well at London overall.

“Morgan won’t make the team this week, he had a few defensive issues at London.

“He’s a highly talented player and there’s no doubt we’ll see more of him in the future.”