Flower powering back into the frame

Ben Flower
Ben Flower

BEN Flower remains in the frame to return from injury this week – nearly a month ahead of schedule.

The Welsh prop underwent an ankle operation after the 36-23 victory at Wakefield at the start of last month.

He was expected to be ruled out for upto eight weeks, but Wane says he has a chance of playing against Bradford on Friday night as Wigan look to get back to winning ways following back-to-back losses.

Lee Mossop and Sam Tomkins are also close to returning, but of the players sidelined by injury, Wane says Welsh prop Flower has the best chance of playing this week.

He said: “There’s a chance Ben will play, which will be a big plus for us if he does.

“I thought he was one of the form front-rowers of Super League when he got injured.”

Wane will also assess minor injuries to Darrell Goulding and Mike McIlorum today – the pair were unable to train yesterday following knocks from Friday night’s 18-4 loss to Castleford – but was quietly confident they will be fine.

Elsewhere, centre Iain Thornley impressed while on playing on dual-registration for South Wales Scorpions in a 16-14 victory against Hemel.

And Wane admits he will come back into the selection from for the left centre berth.

“It’s down to him and Anthony Gelling, whoever trains the best and plays the best will get the job,” added Wane.