STEVE Price is not ruling out any of his absent players of featuring in the Challenge Cup Final against St Helens at Wembley.

The Wire went into the Super League Round 25 clash with Saints with 11 players in the stands, and picked up four more injuries during the game.

“Off the top of my head, I think everyone’s a chance,” said head coach Steve Price after the 30-12 loss to the Super League leaders.

Marquee player Blake Austin missed out against Saints with an ankle injury sustained in the previous week’s loss at Catalans Dragons.

Asked how confident he was that Austin would be fit for Wembley, Price said: “I’ve no idea.

“I’ve been asked and I honestly don’t know.

“We’ll give him every chance and if he makes it he makes it.

“If not, whoever represents our jersey will do it with pride.”

Co-captain Jack Hughes played on with a ruptured testicle against Catalans and went into surgery in a perpignan hospital after that game, meaning he was among those who did not figure against Saints.

Price gave an update, saying: “Jack Hughes saw the specialist yesterday so it’s quite positive.

“We’ve got to wait to get the swelling down and then it’s a week to week proposition.

“But knowing Jack and how tough he is, to bang out 50 minutes with a ruptured testicle I’m sure he’ll be banging on my door to try and get right for Wembley.”

Price revealed he had only 13 fit players remaining for the final 17 minutes of the loss to Saints and played the final few minutes with 12 men due to Chris Hill suffering with cramp.

“I’m really proud of the boys,” he said.

“We came up against the competition leaders with about 10 players missing, I had a lot of guys banging on the door for an opportunity and they certainly put their hand up.

“It was a tough game.

“We lost the whole bench with 16 to 17 minutes to go. We had nobody to put back out there and Hilly was cramping up so we went with 12 with a bit to go.

“It was a good display of our DNA tonight. It wasn’t perfect at times but they showed a lot of fighting spirit.

“Ben Currie went off with a head knock in the 14th minute, then we lost Danny Walker with an ankle injury at the 20-minute mark.

“Then we lost Ben Murdoch-Masila. And then Luis Johnson with another head knock.

“Hopefully there’s nothing too serious.

“We’re very fortunate we’ve got a long turn around next week. We have eight days to get it right for Wigan.

“Matty Smith came in off one training session then we lost our number nine which threw everything out but we went down swinging and I’m really proud of the lads.”

Will he need to make more changes for the trip to Wigan next Friday?

“I’m not quite sure yet. It’s a little bit too early,” he said.

“I’ll have to get into recovery tomorrow and see who’s available.

“Fortunately we’ve got eight days turnaround and we’ve got to start winning some games.”

Price was asked if it was a concern having enforced changes and not a lot of continuity going into the cup final on August 24.

“It’s not perfect, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” he said.

“You need your best players available for the big games.”