Huddersfield Giants and Wigan Warriors stars could miss out on Challenge Cup Final

The Challenge Cup Final is upon us with Huddersfield Giants taking on Wigan Warriors at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

It promises to be a rip-roaring affair with both sides enduring something of a barren Challenge Cup spell as the anticipation grows ahead of the tie.

It will be the first time that Wigan have been in the showpiece event since 2017 when they went down to Hull FC whilst Huddersfield haven’t contested the final since 2009 when they met Warrington Wolves – and lost.

The Warriors’ last victory in the Cup came back in 2013 whilst the Giants were last successful in 1953, making it over half a century since the claret and gold ribbons were seen around the trophy.

However, in Huddersfield’s win over Toulouse Olympique, halfback Oliver Russell went off with a hamstring injury and went straight down the tunnel which could suggest he faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday.

That would pave the way for Will Pryce to return after sitting out the Giants’ last ten matches following a horror tackle on Hull FC’s Connor Wynne.

Chris McQueen has also been nursed through the past few weeks after picking up an injury in the semi-final win over Hull KR as Theo Fages struggles with a calf injury.

Meanwhile, Wigan have an issue with Jake Bibby – the best centre on the field when the Warriors overcame St Helens in the semis – but it remains to be seen whether or not it has affected the former Salford Red Devils man too much.

Tommy Leuluai is still out for Wigan as is Kai Pearce-Paul, but Willie Isa may be touch and go with a shoulder problem.

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