SINCE Super League restarted, Warrington Wolves have become accustomed to playing amid a backdrop of near silence.

On Monday, that could change.

The Wire are hoping to be returning from a two-week break from fixtures by crossing the English Channel to face top-four rivals Catalans Dragons at Perpignan’s Stade Gilbert Brutus.

After seven positive Covid tests were reported by the Dragons on Wednesday and Perpignan placed under night-time curfew from yesterday, the game has been cast in doubt and a decision is expected to be announced tonight.

Catalans are currently the only club in Super League permitted to play in front of fans.

French coronavirus restrictions have been allowing for crowds of up to 5,000 at sporting fixtures, though those tighter measures that came into force from Friday means that number has been slashed to 1,000.

Given Steve Price’s side have not played in front of supporters since March, does the backing of a crowd - albeit a smaller one than it could have been - put the hosts at even more of an advantage if the game goes ahead?

The Wire boss does not think so and he will want his players to help bring the noise levels down with their display on the pitch.

“I’m not sure it’s something they’ll be thinking about too much,” he said.

“I think they will relish having a bit more noise in the backdrop but hopefully, we can quieten it down by winning the game.

“Regardless, I’m sure they will be excited to play in front of fans again.”

The squad returned to training on Tuesday and Price has plentiful options from which to choose.

His only injury concern is around utility back Jake Mamo, who will miss the game due to a knee injury but is 'getting close', while Sitaleki Akauola starts a three-match ban for a dangerous lift during the win over Leeds Rhinos on October 13.

Winger Tom Lineham remains suspended but second rower Ben Murdoch-Masila will return having missed the past two matches with a abductor muscle strain.

With Blake Austin, Mike Cooper and Joe Philbin also set to return to the fold, the squad is in a good place.

“We’re all very, very healthy – there’s just the one injury at present with Jake,” Price said.

“The boys have freshened up a fair bit and looked really sharp in training.

“The break came at a good time as a few guys had some niggling injuries to get over. Others needed to just get away from it completely and freshen the mind.

“It’s done us the world of good but it’s important now that we get this next block right, starting on Monday against Catalans.”

Confirmed Wolves 21: Blake Austin, Keanan Brand, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Anthony Gelling, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Luis Johnson, Toby King, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Dec Patton, Joe Philbin, Stef Ratchford, Ellis Robson, Josh Thewlis, Danny Walker, Gareth Widdop.

Games are coming thick and fast on the schedule, with five games to be played in a window of at most 18 days.

After Catalans, they face Salford on Friday, October 30, Hull KR on November 5/6, Huddersfield Giants on November 8/9, St Helens on November 12/13.

A finish in the top four would see them play in the play-offs semi-finals the following weekend for the right to feature in the Grand Final at Hull FC's KCOM Stadium on Friday, November 27.