Phelps fit to return

Wigan coach has "healthy crew" for Bradford clash

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Phelps fit to return

Phelps: recovered from ankle problem

There's a fair bit of pressure on positions. It's a good headache to have.

Michael Maguire
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Wigan Warriors welcome back Cameron Phelps for Friday's trip to Bradford Bulls in the engage Super League.

The Australian full-back injured his ankle in the Warriors' 32-6 victory over Hull KR on February 12.

He missed the wins over Warrington Wolves and Catalans Dragons but has now recovered and will be available for the league leaders at Grattan Odsal Stadium.

Wigan coach Michael Maguire has a virtually full-strength squad to select from as his side go in search of a fifth straight win to start the season.

Hooker Michael McIlorum is the only notable absentee as he continues his rehabilitation from knee surgery.

Healthy crew

"We've got a pretty healthy crew at the moment," said Maguire. "There's a fair bit of pressure on positions. It's a good headache to have."

Maguire confirmed that prop Iafeta Paleaaesina, recently dropped for the first time in his five seasons with Wigan, will be back in the match-day 17 against Bradford.

The New Zealander, who is out of contract this year, was sidelined for a month with a torn calf shortly after arriving in 2006, but has missed only three matches in the last three seasons.

"We rolled around with the squad and allowed an extra bit of training for him," explained Maguire. "He's going to be back in this week."