Charnley on course to make return

Josh Charnley
Josh Charnley

JOSH Charnley is on course for a return to action after Dom Manfredi was ruled out.

Winger Manfredi is expected to be sidelined for around four weeks after damaging ankle ligaments in last Friday’s 28-0 victory against Hull KR.

I feel a bit sorry for Dom, because he’s been in great form, but injuries are part of the game and Josh is in great shape

Shaun Wane

The first match he will miss is this Friday’s Challenge Cup round six tie against HullKR.

But coach Shaun Wane is in the luxurious position of being able to replace the prolific winger with an England Test player.

Wane said: “I feel a bit sorry for Dom, because he’s been in great form, but injuries are part of the game and Josh is in great shape.”

Charnley has been waiting patiently for his chance ever since returning from an ankle injury last month.

Although he did suffer a training ground knock which set him back a week, he has been fit for Wigan’s last two matches, but found himself victim of Wane’s transparent selection policy.

Manfredi has been in fine form, scoring tries in all but one of his eight appearances, including consecutive hat-tricks at the start of May.

He also received the Coral try of the month award for April for his opener against Warrington in a 30-20 win at the DW Stadium.

He injured his ankle early in the second-half of Friday’s game, which was held up as he received treatment. But he played on and even scored the final try, and team-mate Anthony Gelling tweeted: “If he wasn’t as hard as algebra, he’d have come off.”

During Manfredi’s scorching run, Wane resisted the temptation to give Charnley game-time at partnership club Workington, saying there were too many players in that division wanting “to give him a slap around the chops”.

He has not played in two months, since suffering his injury in a 13-12 win against Hull FC, but is likely to step into the team for a crunch, Sky-televised Cup match.

Elsewhere, prop Ben Flower and forward Liam Farrell are also expected to return from minor injuries which kept them out of last weekend’s game.