Warrington Wolves injury news: Daryl Powell hoping to welcome back ‘class’ forward ahead of mouth-watering Challenge Cup clash

Josh McAllister
Daryl Powell, Joe Philbin, SWPix.

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Warrington boss Daryl Powell is hoping to welcome back Joe Philbin into contention for Sunday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final clash with Wigan at the DW Stadium.

The 28-year-old missed the recent 30-26 home Super League victory over Huddersfield after sustaining a shoulder injury in the Magic Weekend defeat to Hull inside St James’ Park.

Providing a full injury report ahead of Sunday, Powell said: “We’re alright. We didn’t pick up anything from last week.

“Joe Philbin potentially comes back into consideration. He trained today and looks OK. We’re in a good place.

“He’s been class this year. He’s come with his usual energy and drive and he’s had some really big performances for us.

“I thought our 17 was pretty good last week, obviously 16 as I didn’t put Matty Russell on. But he’ll [Philbin] add to us.

“It’ll be like having a couple of brothers out there in him and Greeny [Lucas Green], they’re pretty similar players.

“It’ll be great to see them both on the field at the same time if he does make it.”

Daryl Powell previews mouth-watering Challenge Cup clash 

Powell’s side travel to the DW Stadium on Sunday with a 2:30pm kick-off in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals, live on the BBC.

A late try from Matty Ashton in Perpignan saw Warrington claim a 16-14 victory over Catalans during the sixth round to cement their spot in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Matt Peet’s Warriors defeated Leeds 18-14 at Headingley Stadium.

“Going to Wigan is always difficult,” Powell said.

“Obviously being the Challenge Cup, it’s a massive competition.

“We’ve given ourselves a real good chance through beating Catalans away, which was another huge challenge.

“If we’re going to win the Challenge Cup this year, we’d have done it tough for sure. But that’s why it’s called the Challenge Cup, I suppose!

“We know how big the challenge is, but we’re in a decent place.

“We’re ready to go and there’s a good vibe around the team and we’re looking forward to it.”

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