Myler still in Smith's plans


13th August 2013

Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith has yet not ruled injured England scrum-half Richie Myler out of his plans for the rest of the season.

Myler has made just one appearance in the last seven weeks due to an ongoing knee injury and will again be missing when the Wolves take on Widnes Vikings in Thursday's Super League derby at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Warrington captain Adrian Morley suggested in a television interview yesterday that the 23-year-old would not play again this season but Smith insists no decision has yet been made.

"Richie re-strained his medial ligament," Smith said. "It's just loose.

"It's not a big enough injury for it to be repaired so basically he's in a brace with it at the moment and is hoping that he recovers in the next few weeks.

"It will be really up to Rich to see how he feels, as to when we get him back, or if we get him back before the end of the season. It's a week-by-week proposition. He usually recovers pretty well."

Myler started England's match against the Exiles in June and is in coach Steve McNamara's 30-strong elite training squad ahead of the autumn World Cup.

Warrington will also be without prop Morley, centre Ryan Atkins and stand-off Lee Briers for the visit of the Vikings but forward Mike Cooper is poised to return from injury.

Widnes have lost former Wigan centre Stefan Marsh for the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder suffered in Sunday's 42-38 home defeat by Castleford Tigers, which has reduced coach Denis Betts' squad to the bare bones.

"Having one of the smallest squads in the competition and being expected to play on Sunday and then back up the following Thursday against one of the best teams in Super League is a big ask," Betts said.

"We can't hide away from it, though, and we know what we need to do."