Russell returns for Warrington Wolves

Matthew Russell has been named in Warrington’s squad to face Wigan Warriors this Friday, just two weeks after suffering a horrendous facial injury against Widnes Vikings.

Russell was forced to sit out last Thursday’s victory against Castleford due to the injury, which saw him lose some of his teeth after colliding with Widnes’ Macgraff Leuluai.

However, he has been included for the semi-final trip to the DW Stadium, which leaves boss Tony Smith with an interesting dilemma ahead of the game. Stefan Ratchford played full-back against the Tigers, with Gareth O’Brien and Richie Myler in the halves. If Russell does come into the squad, it will mean changes in key positions for the Wolves on Friday.

Warrington 19-man squad to face Wigan
10    Roy Asotasi
4      Ryan Atkins
3      Chris Bridge
17    Ben Currie
19    Anthony England
25    Ben Evans
18    Rhys Evans
15    Ben Harrison
9      Micky Higham
8      Chris Hill
23    James Laithwaite
5      Joel Monaghan
14    Michael Monaghan
7      Richie Myler
20    Gareth O’Brien
6      Stefan Ratchford
1      Matthew Russell
11    Trent Waterhouse
16    Paul Wood