Tomkins set for Challenge Cup return
Joel Tomkins could be fit for Wigan Warriors' Challenge Cup final against Hull FC, coach Shaun Wane has confirmed.
The 30-year-old forward has missed the side's last two matches because of a groin injury he suffered during the 27-14 semi-final success against Salford Red Devils on 30th July.
Joel ran today, I don't think he'll be fit for Salford but he should be okay for the following week.Shaun Wane
Wane revealed that Tomkins resumed training with the rest of the Wigan squad on Monday, but it seems that Friday's Super League showdown against Salford will come too soon for him to be involved.
But looking ahead to the Wembley showdown against the Black and Whites on 26th August, Wane has not ruled the player out of making a comeback.
He told Wigan Today: "Joel ran today, I don't think he'll be fit for Salford but he should be okay for the following week."
Tomkins' fitness could give Wane a welcome selection headache if his unchanged line-up gets through the Salford game unscathed on Friday.
Meanwhile, Dom Manfredi's bid to return from a serious knee injury, which has sidelined him for over 12 months, was hit when he suffered a tweak to the joint playing for the reserves at the weekend.
He now looks set to miss the remainder of the season with fellow injured trio Ben Flower, Morgan Escare and Jake Shorrocks.
Wigan are 8/11 to lift the Challenge Cup, while Hull FC are priced at 11/10.
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