England stars give Wane a Giant lift

Wigan Warriors Josh Charnley
Wigan Warriors Josh Charnley

SHAUN Wane has received a double fitness boost ahead of Friday’s home opener against Huddersfield.

England internationals Josh Charnley and Micky McIlorum emerged from yesterday’s training session without reporting any setbacks.

Hooker McIlorum missed Thursday’s 22-22 draw with a hand/wrist injury, while Charnley’s involvement was ended midway through the first-half when he was knocked out by Patrick Ah Van, who 
was red-carded for the offence.

Under the strict rules governing concussion, Charnley will need to pass a cognitive test tomorrow before being cleared to play.

But Wane was last night confident both players will be fit to tackle the Giants.

He said: “They both got through training okay, so they should be fine.

“Josh had a lot more colour in his skin and was his old self, so there shouldn’t be any problem there.”

While McIlorum is set to return, Wane may not need to drop anyone from his squad if Matty Smith is cited for kicking Widnes’ Rhys Hanbury.

The RFL match review committee will decide today whether to charge Smith or not.

Kicking opponents and making ‘light contact’ are classified as Grade B to D offences - carrying suspensions of between one to five games.

But Smith’s lash out was more petulant than malicious, and would appear to be on the bottom end of the scale.

Meanwhile, Lee Mossop is still on course to make his return to the English game with a run-out in the Championship this weekend.

He is set to play for partnership club Workington Town in their league opener at Batley.

Mossop - who has returned to the Warriors this year - is on the comeback from shoulder surgery which cut short his NRL spell with Parramatta.

Other fringe Warriors players may figure for Workington this weekend.

Centre Dan Sarginson is nearing a return to full-fitness after an off-season pelvis injury.