The Warriors will hope the likely return of Micheal Luck can help inspire the team after an embarrassing 12-40 NRL loss at home to the Penrith Panthers on Sunday. The Warriors went into the game without Luck, captain Simon Mannering, last year’s captain Steve Price, halfback Brett Seymour and wing Manu Vatuvei, and played like a team lacking leadership, particularly in the forwards. They face a daunting task next week away to defending NRL champions the Storm, and few of the injured players are expected to return. “Micheal Luck will be back, but I don’t know about anyone else at this point,” Warriors coach Ivan Cleary said. A returning Luck would definitely help the Warriors’ defence and provide some solidity which was lacking against the Panthers. Panthers coach Matt Elliott was in no doubt the Warriors would improve with the return of their senior players. “It’s a bigger impact than you think,” he said.

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