Tomkins back for Warriors


6th August 2013

Wigan Warriors full-back Sam Tomkins will return for Friday's top-of-the-table Super League clash with Huddersfield Giants at the DW Stadium.

The Warriors' star man was forced to miss last week's hard-fought win over Hull KR with a virus.

It was only the third time Wigan had won in 11 games without the much-coveted 24-year-old, spread over the past two seasons.

Coach Shaun Wane hopes to be close to full strength for the eagerly-anticipated Giants contest with captain Sean O'Loughlin and prop Ben Flower expected to overcome knocks.

Wane said: "Sam is good. He had a bit of food poisoning, a 24-hour bug. It was just bad timing.

"We have got a few little knocks and bruises that we'll need to check on.

"It'll be late on that I select my team - which is quite common.

"It is just that stage of the season - 20-odd rounds when you get week-in, week-out knocks."

Huddersfield have a one-point lead over Wigan and Warrington Wolves at the top in a tight battle for the League Leaders' Shield.