MICHAEL Maguire is prepared to throw Stuart Fielden in against the Wolves on Saturday – despite having not played for five months.
The 31-year-old was set to make his return to action against Wakefield last Friday but was held back, and is now in contention to make his comeback in the blockbuster Challenge Cup quarter-final against Warrington.
Maguire will make a call later this week but said the England prop is champing at the bit.
He said yesterday: “Stu’s ready. He lives in my office! He is very keen and raring to go.
“He hasn’t been back long but he comes out and performs in training and puts himself in the picture.
“He is definitely capable. We all know what Stuey can do for us, it is just a matter of assessing how he is.
“We’re training tomorrow and on Friday so I’ll have to have a look towards the end of the week.”
Maguire has previously hailed Fielden as one of the most professional athletes he has ever encountered, and said he would have no reservations about bringing him straight back for such a vital game rather than blood him in the Under-20s first.
Paul Prescott is also available after a hamstring problem and with Ryan Hoffman, Thomas Leuluai and Joel Tomkins returning for the cup meeting of Super League’s top two sides after being rested for the 48-6 defeat of the Wildcats, Maguire admits he will have plenty of selection dilemmas.
Chris Tuson (knee), Darrell Goulding (ankle) and Amos Roberts (knee) are the only injured members of Maguire’s senior squad.
Warrington coach Tony Smith said he will not risk Adrian Morley, who has been sidelined with a head injury. Ben Harrison is a doubt with a groin problem but former Kangaroos international Matt King – who has been signed by Maguire for Souths next year – will be available following a head-knock against Harlequins last weekend.
Richard Silverwood is referee of Saturday’s tie (4.30pm KO).
l WIGAN have been linked with a move for Hull FC powerhouse Epalahame Lauaki for next season.
The former New Zealand Warriors star can play at prop or second-row. A destructive runner, his capture would help off-set the loss of Andy Coley (retirement), Ben Cross (Widnes) and Ryan Hoffman (Melbourne) at the end of this season.
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