WIDNES Vikings welcome back a trio of experienced players for Friday’s home clash against Huddersfield Giants (8pm).

Co-captain Chris Houston has served his two-match suspension, picked up in the Warrington clash, and comes back into the mix.

Last week’s absentees Chris Dean and Krisnan Inu are fit to play - the latter recovering from the flu that sidelined him for the trip to Wigan.

The fixture could also see the return of Papua New Guinea powerhouse Wellington Albert, as well as a debut for his brother Stanton.

Vikings boss Denis Betts said: “It’s been a bit of a frustrating time in recent weeks with injuries, as we’ve lost a number of players due to knocks or illnesses.

“Having players sat in the stand who offer real strength, creativity or power is always challenging, so the physio team have been working hard to get them back on the field as soon as possible.

“Thankfully, it looks like we’re going to turn a corner this week and will have several senior players back in contention for selection.”

Apart from thse three, Betts also explained that Jordan Johnstone is back from his month loan spell at London, but Welsh international Lloyd White is not being rushed back with his calf strain.

Vikings take on a Huddersfield team that has bags of talent but has struggled for consistency this year.

“They have had some good patches - with the win against Warrington being a big boost, but they have had a tough start.

“There is lots of potential in the side - with Ukuma Ta’ai, Seb Ikihihifo, Danny Brough and Jermaine McGillvary on the wing.

“They are a side full of quality.

“Brough has the best left foot in the competition; he is a real competitor and when he wants to play you have to be on the ball to stop him.

As for McGillvary my advice is to not kick the ball to him and when he does get it, get plenty of bodies around him.”

Vikings will be keen to return to winning ways after their second half slump at Wigan.

Betts said: “We’re looking to put the disappointment of Friday’s result behind us and to deliver the type of performances that we have given against Leeds and Catalans.

“The boys are eager to get back to winning ways and supporters can expect another good contest.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Ince, one of the breakout stars of the 2017 season - after crossing for six tries in 12 appearances, is edging close to full fitness.

Ince has missed the opening round after sustaining an ankle injury in pre-season training, but has now completed his rehabilitation.