Super League: Chris Bridge set to play against St Helens for Warrington
Warrington centre Chris Bridge is set to make his first appearance of the season against St Helens on Friday.
Last Updated: 07/03/13 1:19pm
The 28-year-old was troubled by tendinitis for most of last season, but underwent surgery in the autumn and made his comeback playing on a dual registration for Swinton last Sunday.
"He had an operation directly after the Grand Final and he's been doing recovery ever since," said Wolves coach Tony Smith.
"He's been incredibly good in training. I know Chris has never been known as one of the best trainers in the world - he's had reputation in the past for being a bit lazy - but he's been far from that and he's come back a bit ahead of schedule.
"He's in great shape and, if he makes the final team, it will be a bonus for us and hopefully he can get on a roll."
Smith also expects to have the Monaghan brothers, winger Joel and hooker Michael, back after missing Sunday's 26-12 defeat at Hull KR with minor injuries.
However Smith is still a little concerned about the neck injury sustained by veteran stand-off Lee Briers against Wigan in the second match of the season.
"Lee's had some irritation in his neck that has caused some nerve problem," Smith said. "He's waiting for it to settle and it's a little more positive this week than it has been.
"There is an option of an operation that can fix it but it's a long-termer and you don't want to do that unless it's completely necessary. We're giving him a bit of time, hoping he's on the road to recovery."