Fielden close to a return

Stuart Fielden
Stuart Fielden

STUART Fielden was today expected to be given the green light to make his comeback this weekend.

The prop is expected to be named in Michael Maguire’s 19-man squad to face Wakefield on Friday after recovering from a knee injury he suffered at the start of the year.

Fielden has played just one game this season, against former club Bradford in February.

But he has been making good progress in training and Maguire hinted he would come straight back into the first-team, rather than build up his match-fitness in the Under-20s first.

The coach said: “Stuey hasn’t played for quite a while but he’s played 400-and-something first-grade games in his career – it’s like driving a car, it’ll soon come back.

“There’s a possibility he’ll play this week.

“He’s got to train again but he’s got through it okay so far and we’re hopeful he may be right.”

Fielden, who joined Wigna in 2006 for a world record £450,000, signed a new two-year deal at the end of last season after rediscovering his best form.

Maguire added: “He was outstanding last year. If we can caputre that in the next few weeks it’ll be a big positive for us.”

His 19-man squad to face Wakefield is also expected to include captain Sean O’Loughlin and centre George Carmont, who both missed the trip to Harlequins on Saturday.

But prop Paul Prescott and winger Darrell Goulding are out until the end of this month, and Australian Amos Roberts is still out.