Wigan Warriors boss Shaun Wane can't wait to welcome back Ryan Sutton

Ryan Sutton
Ryan Sutton

Shaun Wane is looking forward to welcoming back Ryan Sutton as the prop nears fitness.

There were fears Canberra-bound Sutton could have played his last game for Wigan when he sustained a knee injury during last month’s Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat to Warrington, but he is pencilled in to return early in the Super 8s.

And Wane thinks Sutton’s presence will give the rest of his pack a push.

“He’s been a big miss,” said the coach.

“Our middles have been not bothered by any competition at all so having Ryan there, he’s going to up their performance in a big way.”

Wane said Sutton will be back in action in either the first or second game of the Super 8s, with this weekend’s break for the Challenge Cup semi-finals giving the prop an extra week to recover.

“He’s running alright and in a straight line now on the Alter G,” said Wane.

“He’s looking pretty good.”

Meanwhile. Taulima Tautai has been charged with Grade D dangerous contact during last week’s Catalans game. He could face a ban of between three and five matches.