Warrington without 13 players for trip to Oldham

Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith has revealed that the club are without THIRTEEN first-team players for Saturday’s Challenge Cup tie against Oldham.

The Wolves have been without the likes of Chris Sandow, Gary Wheeler and Mitch Dodds for a number of weeks, with players like Ryan Bailey and Ben Evans yet to play in 2016.

And they have been joined on the sidelines by Jack Hughes and Ryan Atkins, with Ben Westwood and Matty Russell needing injections if they are to play.

All of that means a likely debut for Wolves youngster Morgan Smith, with namesake Tony admitting that his recent games for both the reserve and youth sides handing him a deserved opportunity.

“Morgan will make his debut on Saturday as a reward for his performances in the youth team and reserves,” Smith told the Warrington Guardian.

“It’s a good opportunity for him to show the players and fans what he can do at first-grade level.”

Smith described Warrington’s injury problems as “huge” – but hinted at some returning faces in the coming weeks.

“Ben Evans won’t be available this week but he will probably be okay for next week. He took a bit of a knock playing for Rochdale a few weeks ago so it’s set him back a few weeks.

“Ryan Bailey, Toby King and Brad Dwyer are getting there, it will only be a couple more weeks until they are back playing again.

“It is a huge injury list but we’ve got a few returns on the horizon so hopefully the situation will ease in the coming weeks.”