GARETH Widdop has been confirmed as part of Warrington Wolves' 21-man squad for Sunday's trip to Wakefield Trinity.

A highly-anticipated Wire debut for the England international half-back has now moved a step closer after he recovered earlier than anticipated from an ankle injury.

He is one of two changes to Steve Price's squad, with centre Keanan Brand also in contention for his debut.

Anthony Gelling is unavailable and will be for the foreseeable future after he was suspended following his arrest for wounding with intent over the weekend.

Declan Patton also drops out – he and new signing Leilani Latu look set to feature on dual registration for Widnes Vikings against London Broncos in the Championship on Sunday.

Co-captains Chris Hill and Jack Hughes are still out – Hill serves the second of a three-match ban for his red card at Wigan on the opening day while Hughes is still recovering from a double hernia operation.

Their absence means Stefan Ratchford will continue to skipper the side.

Wire squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Matty Ashton, Blake Austin, Keanan Brand, Luther Burrell, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Luis Johnson, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Ellis Robson, Danny Walker, Gareth Widdop

Chris Chester has made two changes to his Wakefield squad, with former Wire star Ryan Atkins denied the chance to play against his old club for the first time since leaving The Halliwell Jones Stadium last year.

He drops out along with Connor Bailey but another ex-Wolves man in George King comes in alongside Jordan Crowther.

Trinity squad: Tom Johnstone, Bill Tupou, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Kyle Wood, Matty Ashurst, Danny Kirmond, Joe Westerman, Jay Pitts, Craig Kopczak, James Batchelor, Adam Tangata, Jordan Crowther, Joe Arundel, Max Jowitt, George King, Josh Wood, Lee Kershaw, Ryan Hampshire, Kelepi Tanginoa, Romain Navarette