Rugby League: Devereux boost for Widnes

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JOHN DEVEREUX is expected to recover from a pinched nerve in his shoulder in time to play for Widnes against Wigan in the Silk Cut Challenge Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, writes Dave Hadfield.

Devereux gave Widnes a scare when he injured the shoulder in the first half of the Premiership tie against Leeds on Sunday.

Paul Moriarty, who broke his right arm in an accidental collision, had an operation yesterday to insert a plate. Julian O'Neill, the Australian called up as insurance for injuries in the backs, is due to arrive from Sydney today.

The Wigan coach, John Monie, has a fully fit squad from which to choose, with the exception of the long-term casualties, Ian Lucas and Billy McGinty. Andy Platt and Phil Clarke were rested against Warrington on Sunday but are fit for the final.