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.”