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Warrington Wolves prepare for French trip without Michael Monaghan and Adrian Morley
2:09pm Friday 11th May 2012 in Wolves news
WOLVES boss Tony Smith has left Michael Monaghan and Adrian Morley out of his 19-man squad for the Challenge Cup quarter-final clash with Catalan Dragons at the Stade Gilbert Brutus on Sunday, kick off 3.10pm.
Wolves had been hoping the pair would recover from their respective injuries -Morley is suffering from a neck injury and Monaghan is still recovering from double knee surgery- but instead Smith has been forced to leave them out of the squad that will travel to take on Trent Robinson's Dragons in the make-or-break cup clash.
But, as expected, Smith has welcomed back the rested Lee Briers, Ben Westwood, Chris Bridge and Brett Hodgson after they sat out of Wolves' 24-20 defeat of Salford City Reds.
Seventeen-year-old second row Ben Currie has retained his spot in the squad after an impressive 80-minute performance last week, though there is no place for 19-year-old hooker Brad Dwyer, meaning that Micky Higham will be the only recognised number nine in Smith's squad.
Trent Robinson has named injured playmaker Scott Dureau in his 19-man squad despite the 25-year-old half back suffering a knee injury against Huddersfield Giants, with Smith indicating earlier this week that he will prepare his side just in case the former Newcastle Knights player makes a surprise appearance.
Wolves 19-man squad for Catalan clash: Ryan Atkins, Matty Blythe, Chris Bridge, Lee Briers, Garreth Carvell, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Simon Grix, Ben Harrison, Micky Higham, Chris Hill, Brett Hodgson, Tyrone McCarthy, Joel Monaghan, Gareth O'Brien, Chris Riley, Trent Waterhouse, Ben Westwood, Paul Wood.
Dragons' 19-man squad: Clint Greenshields, Leon Pryce, Setaimata Sa, Cyril Stacul, Thomas Bosc, Scott Dureau, Ian Henderson, Rémi Casty, Steve Menzies, Louis Anderson, Sébastien Raguin, Daryl Millard, Mickael Simon, Jamal Fakir, Lopini Paea, Jason Baitieri, Vincent Duport, Ben Fisher, Damien Cardace.