Warrington to make late call on Russell

Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith has revealed that the club will leave it until the latest possible moment to decide on whether to play full-back Matty Russell in this Friday’s game against Wigan.

Russell hasn’t played since suffering a horrific facial injury against Widnes two weeks ago, but was earlier named in the Wolves’ 19-man squad to face the Warriors this Friday.

And Smith says although the full-back has been cleared to play, the Wolves will wait until the eleventh hour before making the call.

“We haven’t made a final decision on him,” said Smith. “He’s trained with us today and he’ll have the team run tomorrow before we make the call.

“He’s been given the all-clear – he can’t do any more damage and his dentist has told he has fractured high in his teeth so he’s probably going to lose them – but we’ve got to work out whether Matty is able to play with that discomfort.

“I’m expecting him to say he’s alright to go and I totally trust his decision. He’ll go and give it his all if he goes on the park.”