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Warrior's return is delayed again by positive Covid test; RUGBY LEAGUE.

Byline: Aaron Bower @MENSPORTS

BEVAN French's return to Wigan's first-team plans has been further delayed after the Australian tested positive for Covid-19 as he prepared to board a flight back to England.

French has been in Australia throughout the off-season following the death of his mother, but Warriors head coach Matt Peet revealed last week he was preparing to return to England and link back up with the Wigan squad.

However, French subsequently tested positive as he prepared to board a flight, meaning that Wigan fans will have to wait a while longer to see the mercurial Australian in action for the club.

"Believe it or not when he got to the airport he tested positive for Covid, so that wasn't ideal," Peet said on Tuesday.

"With him waiting so long he's upset but it puts things on hold for eight or nine days. In the next couple of days hopefully, we'll get some good news. As soon as he gets a negative test, he'll be on the next flight."

Peet also warned that it will not be as simple as throwing French back into action the minute he returns to the country.

"He had a couple of down weeks around his mum's passing, but he's been hitting all his markers surrounding his running and strength work," he said.

"We might have to have a couple of weeks of catch-up - but until he's 100 per cent fit and flying, he won't play."

Wigan will also be without centre Iain Thornley for the next two months after his second debut for the Warriors was ended prematurely last Friday due to injury.

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Author:Aaron Bower @MENSPORTS
Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
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Date:Feb 17, 2022
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