Burgess back in the frame

Joe Burgess
Joe Burgess

JOE Burgess will be back in the Wigan side this Friday night.

Shaun Wane revealed he is planning to shuffle the squad which beat Catalans 42-16 in London on Saturday.

I want to give Gells and Budgie a game. Because of the way the competition is there’s nowhere else for them to play, and we need everyone fit and firing

Shaun Wane

Some of the changes have been forced on him through injury, others will be to keep his players fit and fresh for the crunch run-in to the play-offs.

Burgess will be brought back into the fold for the visit of Hull FC.

The free-scoring winger had missed two matches through injury and was then left out of the team on Saturday, with Wane sticking with Dom Manfredi and Josh Charnley.

Both of those wingers scored tries, and Wane had not decided by last night who will make way to accommodate Burgess’ return.

His comeback will give him a chance to pull clear at the top of the try-scoring charts.

Huddersfield’s in-form Jermaine McGillvary and Hull FC’s Tom Lineham have drawn level, with 21 each, with three rounds of the season to go.

Kiwi centre Anthony Gelling is also set to come back into the mix after two games out of the side.

Captain Sean O’Loughlin is a doubt with a minor injury, meaning John Bateman may return to the pack – a move which would allow Gelling to slot back into the three-quarters.

Wane said: “I will be making some changes.

“There were some bangs from the weekend, Lockers is a doubt and we’ll check on a couple more tomorrow. I want to give Gells and Budgie a game. Because of the way the competition is there’s nowhere else for them to play, and we need everyone fit and firing.”

Wane hinted teenage centre Oliver Gildart will hang onto his place after another strong outing, which included a second try in successive matches since his club debut.

Prop Ryan Sutton may also come back into the reckoning for Friday’s visit of Hull FC, which is being televised by Sky Sports.

CATALANS forward Louis Anderson has been charged by the RFL’s disciplinary for kicking out at Sam Powell during Saturday’s match.

Anderson, who was sinbinned for the offence, faces a Grade C charge of striking, which carries a two or three week suspension.