Flower fit and ready for Wigan return

Wigan prop Ben Flower is sharp and ready to return to Super League action once his suspension ends in April, according to Warriors coach Shaun Wane.

The Welsh international front rower was hit with a heavy ban for his well-publicised assault on Lance Hoihaia in last season’s Grand Final.

He becomes available again for the clash with Warrington on April 16, and Wane will be glad to have the powerful Welshman back in his plans, with Wigan having won only two games so far this season.

“It would have been hard to drop one of our middles if we had won every game but, as it stands now, it’s not that hard,” said Wane, according to Sky Sports.

“I’ve looked at him in training and he’s ready to go. I wouldn’t have thrown him in straight away had things panned out differently. It’s definitely dictated the way we’ve approached things with him over the last couple of months.”

Flower has also undergone knee surgery since the end of last season, but Wane is confident that his player is fit enough to handle Super League.

“His knee is good so everything he had done is spot on,” the coach added.

“I’m confident I can put him back in. I just need to put three middles on the bench and that will cover him.”

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