Mixed Warriors injury news: Clubb setback but Ben’s back

Ben Flower
Ben Flower

SHAUN Wane has received some contrasting news on the injury front.

Ben Flower is in the frame to return to the pack this week after overcoming a niggling hamstring problem.

The Welsh prop has missed the last two games, and his presence will be a huge boost against Catalans – a side known for their aggressive pack.

But fellow front-rower Tony Clubb won’t feature as he continues his rehab from a knee injury.

He had been in strong form before suffering a knee problem in the 60-0 thrashing of Hull KR earlier this month.

At the time, Wane only expected to be without the ex-London Broncos captain for two weeks. But he says his recovery has taken longer than expected and predicts he will be out for another three or four weeks.

On the plus side, Flower will add steel to the Warriors front-row as they aim to get back on track following Friday’s 16-12 Challenge Cup loss to Hull KR.

Flower is highly-regarded by Wane and – since returning from a lengthy ban – was making good progress until his setback.

His presence will intensify competition for places as the coach considers making changes to his squad.

Elsewhere, few fans would be surprised if Ryan Hampshire made way for Australian Matty Bowen.

Hampshire has done a good job at full-back since dislodging Bowen two months ago, but his bright performances have tailed off and he looked shaky under the high-ball against the Robins.

Wane was last night waiting to discover the scan results on Liam Farrell’s broken nose, but is resigned to being without the England forward for Saturday’s clash in the south of France.

Welsh forward Rhodri Lloyd, who deputised for Farrell the previous week, will hope his two-try display for Workington in a 37-6 win at Doncaster has thrust him back into contention.

Outside back Lewis Tierney scored a hat-trick and hooker Logan Tomkins also played on dual-registration for the Championship club.

Centres Anthony Gelling and Iain Thornley, as well as winger Dom Manfredi, are the other frontline stars currently sidelined.

Wigan fly out to Barcelona on Thursday. They have no disciplinary worries ahead of the Sky-televised encounter.