CHRIS Tuson is aiming to put more than six months of misery behind him by returning to the Super League stage this weekend.
The tough-tackling forward has not made a competitive appearance for the Warriors since early August last year due to injury.
But he is inching closer to full-fitness and, with Shaun Wane’s pack depleted by injuries, could figure in Sunday’s clash against London Broncos.
Tuson said: “I trained with the team last Friday and didn’t have any problems, everything feels fine. I’ll see how I go this week but I’m hoping I’ll be fit and available for selection.
“I need to make sure I get through training and do all the right things, too, because I’ve not been in the team since August.
“It’s been a while, so I’m excited about the prospect of playing again – hopefully that’ll come this weekend.”
Tuson figured in the pre-season programme but suffered an injury setback against Salford, and has missed the opening three games of the season.
The 23-year-old explained: “At first I thought it was a dead-leg, but then I went for a scan and it revealed a 7cm tear in my quad.”
With Harrison Hansen also sidelined and Gareth Hock leaving for Widnes on loan following a fall-out with the club, it left Wane with just two second-rowers – Liam Farrell and Jack Hughes – for their start to the new campaign.
Tuson’s return will ease the strain on the back-row, but Wane is still thin on the ground with front-rowers, with Paul Prescott (back) joining Epa Lauaki (leg) on the sidelines.
Some welcomed relief came yesterday when the RFL decided not to charge Welsh front-rower Gil Dudson for kicking out against Huddersfield’s Scott Grix in Saturday’s 22-10 defeat.
He was placed on report by referee James Child, but the match review panel watched the incident yesterday and let him off with a formal caution. Grix was also cautioned with the same offence.
It clears Dudson to hold his place in the side for Sunday’s encounter at the DW Stadium. London have yet to register a win this season, their latest defeat a 28-0 whitewash by Wakefield. Meanwhile, full-back Sam Tomkins remains “50-50” to return from a shoulder problem to face the Broncos.
Four Super League players have been charged with offences, three from the same game: Warrington’s Ben Westwood and Catalan’s Brent Webb for fighting (Grade B), and the Dragons’ Leon Pryce for a Grade A strike with the leg.
Bradford prop Nick Scruton has been charged with committing a Grade B reckless challenge.