Dom Manfredi will play against Warrington, confirms Shaun Wane

Drew Darbyshire

Wigan coach Shaun Wane has revealed that Dom Manfredi is more than likely to play against Warrington on Friday.

Manfredi was named in Wane’s 19-man squad last week for their Super 8s game against Wakefield Trinity, but he didn’t make the final cut.

But Wane has revealed that Manfredi is set to return from a two-year injury nightmare on Friday night.

“Dom will more than likely play,” Wane said.

“It doesn’t matter for me what Dom does in the game, I just want him to get out there, carry the ball strong and if something goes wrong then we will deal with it and cover him as a team.

“We’ve lost Joe Greenwood to suspension, Willie Isa is likely to come into the centres and Oliver (Gildart) will go in at centre as well. Sarg (Dan Sarginson) is playing really well, so we’ve got a bit of decent cover there.

“Lockers has got a sore calf and Ben Flower has got a tight back and we will see how he is, but we will have a pretty healthy team out there on Friday.”

Wigan announced earlier this week that first team back-rower Macauley Davies has been forced to retire following the discovery of a pre-existing brain condition.

And Wane insists the club will do all they can to help Davies in his time of need.

“It is very sad, he’s been with us a few years,” Wane added.

“He hasn’t played enough first team games but it is very sad and it’s important to us that we look after him, make sure everything is ok and that he has got something to fall back on.”