Warrington Wolves: George Williams named in 21-man squad as Daryl Powell talks potential return

Josh McAllister
George Williams applauds the fans. Photo by Mark Cosgrove/News Images.

George Williams applauds the fans. Photo by Mark Cosgrove/News Images.

Warrington Wolves boss Daryl Powell says George Williams will be named in his 21-man squad and will be given every chance to make the team for Friday’s televised Super League clash with St Helens.

England captain Williams, 28, has been sidelined for the last two weeks due to a hamstring injury picked up in training ahead of the Super League fixture with Castleford.

The Wire fell to a 23-14 defeat at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, with Leeds Rhinos later inflicting a 22-6 defeat at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Super League Round 17.

Reigning champions St Helens make the short-trip with five wins in their last six league fixtures which has seen them climb into a play-off spot on the table in fifth position.

Only two points currently separate Paul Wellens’ side with Warrington, Wigan and Leigh.

George Williams with a ‘chance’ of playing against Saints 

“He’s got a chance, but it’ll be an outside-chance,” Powell said on Williams.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow.

“We’ve got who we’ve got, we’ll have a look and see how George is and make a decision and go from there. If not this week, it’ll be next week. He’s getting closer.

“We’re not going to take any risks with him. He needs to be right and he needs to be ready to go.

“We won’t make any rash calls on him, that’s for sure.

“We’ve got a few boys suspended at the moment in the position where we don’t want players suspended.

“That’s making things difficult for us, but that gives opportunity to somebody else and some of our younger players to come in and impress. They’re the future of our club.

“Our final preparation is tomorrow and we’ll crack into the game. We want to start showing what we’re about again and I think the players are ready to do that.

“We’re a mixed bag at the moment and we need to start doing some things that win games.”

Warrington will be without impact interchange forward Sam Kasiano due to a fresh one-match suspension for dangerous contact against the Rhinos, while James Harrison will serve his second and final ban for a hip-drop tackle on Nathan Massey.

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