TOM Lineham's disciplinary fate will be decided today as he faces a tribunal over his alleged "squirrel grip" on Castleford's Alex Foster.

The Warrington Wolves winger has been charged with Grade F Other Contrary Behaviour - the most serious charge on the disciplinary panel.

If found guilty at Grade F by the tribunal, Lineham faces a minimum ban of eight matches.

If the minimum ban is given, Lineham's return to availability will depend on The Wire's progress in the Challenge Cup.

Should they advance no further than Saturday's quarter final against St Helens, Lineham would next be available when Wolves face Huddersfield on the weekend of November 8/9 - the penultimate game of the regular season.

If they get all the way to the final, an eight-game ban would see Lineham miss both matches.

Getting to the semi-final and no further would see him return against Hull KR on November 5/6 but if The Wire got to the final, he could be available for the game against Salford on October 29/30.

Of course, there is the possibility the grading could be reduced, as was the case with St Helens winger Tommy Makinson earlier this year after he was found guilty of a similar offence.

He too was hit with a Grade F charge but the tribunal downgraded it to a Grade E and he received a five-match suspension.