Knee injury rules Hansen out

HARRISON Hansen is facing a month on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The forward injured the joint in Monday’s 26-0 win at Wakefield.

He went for a scan yesterday and Michael Maguire last night confirmed he has a slight strain of the medial ligament.

But the coach was relieved the injury was not more serious.

He said: “Harrison is likely to be out for around four weeks.

“It’s disappointing for him, but in saying that, knee injuries can be a lot worse and in that sense we’re relieved it’s nothing more serious.”

Hansen limped off in the first-half against the Wildcats after twisting awkwardly in a tackle by Glenn Morrison. He left Belle Vue wearing a knee brace.

Chris Tuson is likely to come in as Hansen’s direct replacement after being left out of the side for the past three games.

Maguire added: “We’ve got some good players in our squad and it’s a good opportunity for someone else to show what they can do.”

Meanwhile, Maguire’s first game in charge of NRL side Souths next year may be against ... Warrington!

Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe yesterday revealed that a pre-season game between South Sydney and the Wolves at Coffs Harbour “looks pretty close” to being arranged. Maguire has met with Souths chief executive Shane Richardson – in England on a short trip – to discuss the club’s plans for next year.

Richardson was at Warrington’s game against Hull FC on Monday.

He denied newspaper speculation that Wigan pair Brett Finch and Ryan Hoffman may return to the NRL with Maguire.

Hoffman is understood to have a deal in place to return to Melbourne next season, while Finch has another year to run on his contract.

Warriors are reminding fans they can save up to £5 each by buying their tickets for Sunday’s trip to Crusaders in advance. They are on sale at the DW ticket office, priced £7 juniors, £10 concessions and £15 adults.