INJURY UPDATE: Warrington Wolves' Monaghan brothers will need a fitness test

Micky Higham leaves the Wakefield pitch with a head cut

Micky Higham leaves the Wakefield pitch with a head cut

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A LATE fitness test will decide if the Monaghan brothers are fit to face Leeeds Rhinos when the table toppers come to town on Friday night.

Undisclosed injuries kept hooker Michael and three-quarter Joel out of Wolves’ selection considerations for the clash with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats yesterday.

Tony Smith is feeling confident Ben Westwood will be available and there is a slim chance of Simon Grix returning, but Trent Waterhouse will continue on the sidelines.

“Both Michael and Joel had injuries, genuine knocks,” said Smith after the 36-4 win at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

“If it had been a cup final they could have possibly played.

“I’d like to think they’ll be ok by Friday but they will have fitness tests late in the week, so we’ll see.

“But I’m happy to go with whatever we’ve got. Our boys did a good job against Wakefield and will take a lot out of it.”

He added: “Hopefully there’s an outside chance of Simon Grix (shoulder) being around for next week. It might be a little too soon. We’ve lost Trent Waterhouse (knee) for a period but we’re in pretty good shape and hopefully we can keep that going.”

Joint skipper Westwood was placed on report in the fourth minute for a dangerous throw on Wakefield prop Scott Anderson, who left the fielddazed only to return later.

Disciplinary chiefs will consider if any further action is required.

But Smith said: “We had a much worse one last week that was on TV and nothing happened to Michael Monaghan so I can’t see this one being any problem after what we saw go by last week.

“There was a fairly good back slam on it. Our player got up and played on and that can make a difference sometimes.”

Micky Higham left the field against Wakefield with a cut on his head but returned later wearing a skull cap, so should be available to face Leeds.

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