STEVE Price is not ruling Josh Charnley out of Warrington Wolves' opening play-off clash with Hull FC, while also expressing his disappointment that his other first-choice winger Tom Lineham is not allowed to play against his former club.

Charnley dislocated his shoulder when The Wire defeated Huddersfield Giants last time out on October 30.

Lineham was served with an eight-match suspension for a 'squirrel grip' on Castleford's Alex Foster on September 10 and is ruled by the RFL to have one of those matches remaining despite the circumstances of Wire games against Catalans Dragons and Hull KR being cancelled due to Covid-19 and another fixture being forfeited by Salford Red Devils.

“Charners is a good healer and is one tough cookie," said Wolves head coach Price when asked what Charnley's scans had revealed.

"I love everything that Josh stands for and he always puts the team before himself and is a guy who can play with injury.

“He’s come across not too bad in terms of his shoulder. He’ll be in there with a chance."

Lineham contested the initial eight-match decision at an independent panel hearing after he was referred under a Grade F charge of Other Contrary Behaviour.

However, the panel dismissed the former Hull man's challenge and he has since missed the Challenge Cup quarter-final and semi-final ties plus Super League encounters with Catalans Dragons, Salford, Wigan, Leeds and Huddersfield.

“It’s disappointing, especially when the game come out and said you have to play 15 games and some clubs didn’t and adjusted the rules accordingly through this pandemic which has been unfortunate," said Price.

“It’s unfortunate that Tom’s missed two cancellations and a forfeit, so he’s been dealt some really serious cards there I feel.

"I really feel for him because he’s worked his stones off throughout this long break.

“We voiced our concerns, certainly, but there is no appeal process.”

Price is keeping his cards close to his chest regarding who could fill the wing spots.

Fit-again Jake Mamo, Matty Ashton and Josh Thewlis have all had runs on the flank since Lineham was sidelined.

Hull's most likely wing options, Bureta Faraimo, Ratu Naulago and Mahe Fonua, are all big, strong, explosive South Sea islanders who take some handling.

“We’re very fortunate we’ve got a number of quality outside backs in our team. We’ve got a number of positions there," said Price.

“Josh Thewlis was outstanding when he played against Huddersfield the other week.

“We’ll make a decision later on in the week but I’ve got some good headaches to have.”

Warrington's other injury concern from the Huddersfield game was Jason Clark with a head injury.

Price said: “Jason Clark is good. He had to just go through all the concussion protocol and he’s ticked those boxes to date.”