THE scan results on Matt Dufty's foot injury this week were an eye opener for him and Warrington Wolves chiefs in a positive way.

And at this stage it is possible the full-back signing from Canterbury Bulldogs could be in the line-up for his home debut when The Wire tackle Toulouse Olympique in next Thursday's bottom-of-the-table scrap at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Dufty, who's previous foot issues resurfaced in his Wolves debut at Huddersfield Giants on Saturday six days after flying in from Sydney, has now learned why he has had the problems and a significant amount of pain.

Wolves head coach Daryl Powell, speaking in his weekly press conference today, said: "It’s a strange one. It’s an extra bone, something from birth that he never knew about.

"He’s had a little bit of trouble with that foot before but he never knew that this was something that was there.

“It’s something that most of us don’t have, an extra bone and it’s that that’s caused him the trouble.

"So for him it’s good to find out about it because he’s had trouble with it before, and for us it’s a massive positive because he could be available pretty soon. I’m not exactly certain when that will be but it’s a good prognosis from our perspective.

“It just needs rest, a little bit of treatment and then he just needs to get rid of the pain. Once the pain has gone, he’ll be fine.

“He’s got a chance for Toulouse. That’ll be down to him I think and the management of the pain will be the most important thing.”

Dufty looked impressive in a Wire side that established a 22-14 lead at Huddersfield but he picked up his injury early in the second half and played on with it.

“The arcing run that he made out of back field where he ran about 30 metres round the outside of the Huddersfield defence, it happened on that run, earlyish in the second half," said Powell.

“When you’re looking back at the game there, and it pretty much took him out of the game then.

"So for us, to lose a player who was having such an impact on the game was pivotal.

“He was really tough playing on with it because he was obviously in a fair bit of pain.

“He tried to shake it off and wanted to try and do what he could for the team but ultimately we were a little bit worried that he was going to make it worse and that’s why we brought him off towards the end."

Even with the pain, Duffy was involved in the pivotal moment in the game.

As he tried to hunt down a kick for a potential try, he was tripped by Huddersfield stand-off Oliver Russell who has since been suspended for one match for that challenge.

It was not spotted by the match officials at the time, play then went to the other end where Joe Bullock was sin-binned for an obstruction which led to the rally of Huddersfield points which won them the game.

“That was probably the pivotal moment in the game if I’m honest," said Powell.

“We get a fair bit of that at the moment. We’re not getting an even balance from referees at times.

“But that happens when things aren’t going your way.

“There’s a fair chance that Dufty scores there. And if he doesn’t, then we’re on their line and they’re down to 12 men.

“And we know what happened to us when that occurred.

“It was a pivotal moment, and then it flipped the other way.

“For me, I just don’t see any point about complaining about referees at the moment because we’ve just got to fix ourselves up.

"There’s no point looking anywhere else than smack bang in the middle of our own eyes and making sure we do what we need to do.”

Powell said it is an easy call for him with regards to who replaces Dufty at full-back against Wigan tomorrow, Friday.

His obvious options appear to be recalling Josh Thewlis, or switching Stefan Ratchford there from the halves which would pave the way for George Williams' return after missing Huddersfield with a migraine issue.

Powell could leave Peter Mata'utia in the halves with Williams, and keep Connor Wrench in the centres, or he could put Mata'utia back in his regular right-centre slot and bring Riley Dean into the halves - if he does decide to move Ratchford that is.

He certainly has options, because he could also move Mata'utia there.

“It’s a pretty easy call who plays full-back this week, but I don’t want to talk about team selection at the moment," Powell said.

“It’s an easy call and we just need to get on with it. Obviously Dufty came over and we see him as being an important part of what we’re going to do this season and in the future. But it is what it is, we’ve got cover and we just crack on with it.”

With regards to prop Thomas Mikaele rolling his ankle against Huddersfield but being named in the 21-man squad, Powell said: “It was a pretty small injury to his ankle. He’s trained twice this week so he’ll be fine.”