Challenge Cup final: Teams
At Wembley Stadium, Saturday August 29, kick-off 2.30pm
Last Updated: 28/08/09 2:26pm
Higham: Starts from the bench
Warrington's England hooker Mickey Higham will make his comeback from the bench in Saturday's Challenge Cup final against Huddersfield.
The 28-year-old has been sidelined for three months after suffering a ruptured bicep in the Wolves' quarter-final win at Hull KR in May.
But Higham has returned to full training and makes a timely return with Jon Clarke failing to recover from an ankle problem he aggravated in last Friday's Super League defeat by Wakefield.
It will make up for the disappointment he suffered as a St Helens player in 2004 when he missed their final win against Wigan in Cardiff with a stress fracture of his foot.
"Medically he's been passed it," said coac Tony Smith. "Obviously he hasn't played for a little while but, when we lost Jon Clarke, it was too much of a temptation.
"He's a really good professional who keeps himself extremely fit so we don't think it's too much of a risk. We think Mickey will get out there and do a great job."
As well as Higham, youngster Tyrone McCarthy, who only made his debut a fortnight ago, also wins a place on the bench ahead of veteran prop Paul Rauhihi and fellow rookies Lee Mitchell and Matty Blythe.
Australian Matt King and Chris Hicks are fit to take their places in the three-quarter line with Vinnie Anderson chosen to start for the first time this season at stand-off.
Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown has included former Wigan winger Martin Aspinwall on the bench for the trip to London.
Aspinwall is the only change to the squad that defeated St Helens in the semi-finals, getting the nod over Simon Finnegan as replacement for the injured Danny Kirmond.
"His form has been really good in the back row and he also gives us flexibility," said Brown.
Huddersfield team: B Hodgson (capt); Cudjoe, Lolesi, Whatuira, D Hodgson; Brown, Robinson; Mason, Moore, Griffin, Fulton, Wild, Faiumu. Subs: Crabtree, Jackson, Lunt, Aspinwall.
Warrington team: Mathers; Riley, King, Bridge, Hicks; V Anderson, Briers; Morley, Monaghan, Carvell, L Anderson, Westwood, Harrison. Subs: Cooper, Johnson, Higham, McCarthy.
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