Double boost for Wane

Harrison Hansen is nearing fitness
Harrison Hansen is nearing fitness

LEE Mossop and Harrison Hansen are inching closer to a return to action.

And the senior forwards could even make their comebacks in Sunday’s home clash against Wakefield.

Mossop has been sidelined since February with a dislocated shoulder and forward Hansen hasn’t figured at all this year following pre-season wrist surgery.

Shaun Wane said: “We’ll take a good look at them later this week and make a decision, but they are both really close.

“They could be available for the Wakefield game.

“But if they’re not 100 per cent, we won’t risk them, I’ll hold them back a week for the Bradford game.”

Kiwi utility Anthony Gelling is also close to returning, and with Gil Dudson back from a broken hand on Monday, Wane is nearing a full complement of players to choose from.

Only props Epa Lauaki and Paul Prescott are sidelined for longer spells.

Winger Josh Charnley hobbled off after opening the scoring in the 84-6 win at Hull KR with a nasty gash down his leg, which required 15 stitches.

But Wane revealed yesterday that the injury should not sideline the 11-try flyer for a long spell.

And with an end in sight for his early-season injury woes, he is looking forward to having a selection headache which he welcomes.

For many games this season, Wane’s team has been dictated to him by injuries, and he has frequently praised the fringe players such as Greg Burke and Dom Crosby for doing so well.

On Monday, Tom Spencer made his first appearance of the year and performed strongly.

Forward Burke has figured in every match since his debut against Warrington.

But Wane (above) says he won’t hesitate to bring the injured players back in and give them a chance to claim back their old spots.

“Those coming back will have a chance, that’s the right thing to do,” he said.

“Lee Mossop has played well for me, my memory is good and he will get a chance in the team.

“If he’s up to the standard he will stay in, if not he knows other players will.

“I’m looking forward to having them back.”

Wane reckons their return will intensify competition for places and he is looking forward to being able to decide who to leave out of his table-topping outfit.

“ It’ll be a good feeling to have a selection headache because I’ve not had one all year,” he said.