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INJURY NEWS: Smith gives update on Warrington Wolves' injured troops
LEE Briers looks likely to play no part in Saturday’s clash against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, kick off 3pm, despite Tony Smith naming him in the 19-man squad.
“Briersy probably won’t play on Saturday, he has played a number of games in a row and is suffering a bit of tightness in some areas,” he said.
“We have Brett Hodgson and Michael Monaghan returning, so we will have a new half back pairing this week with Michael and Stefan.”
The news comes after Richie Myler was left out of Wolves’ squad for Saturday’s match-up, having been carried off the field in the 76th minute of Warrington’s 40-30 victory over Castleford Tigers last week.
Smith is hopeful that the full extent of the 23-year-old’s injury - most likely a recurrence of the knock that kept him out of action for six weeks between June 24 and last Sunday - will become apparent in the next 24 hours.
“Richie will have a scan this afternoon (Thursday), so once we get the results from that he will go to the consultant and we’ll know a bit more about it,” he said.
“He aggravated it at the weekend in a tackle that would have probably upset a healthy knee, so the fact that it was to his previously injured leg wasn’t great.
“As to the extent of the damage, we just can’t tell.
“It might settle down quite quickly or it may be another lengthy period, so it’s really up in the air until the scan can be interpreted.”
Smith hopes club captain Adrian Morley will return from a dead leg in time to welcome ‘derby’ rivals Widnes Vikings to The Halliwell Jones Stadium next Thursday, kick off 8pm, but admitted that forward Mike Cooper (medial ligament) is still some way off as he issued an update of Wolves’ other injured players.
“We’re hopeful that Moz will be back Thursday,” he said.
“He is nowhere near as severe as it could have been, so he has settled down well.
“Mike Cooper won’t play either of these two games (Wakefield and Widnes) and then it is obviously the Challenge Cup weekend, so he will most likely be close to returning after that.
“Rhys Evans is ready to resume playing, but because Swinton play today he’ll be back in action next week.
“We didn’t have enough time for him to enough training with them this week.
“Ryan Atkins (ankle) is coming along really well, he is on schedule if not a little bit ahead.
“That is still looking like the last round of the regular season, but he is coming along quite nicely.”
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