Warriors welcome back big guns for clash with Wests Tigers

The Warriors will welcome back at least three key cogs for Saturday night's clash with the Wests Tigers at Mt. Smart Stadium.

Half Shaun Johnson, centre Solomone Kata, and forward Tohu Harris have all been named in the starting side who will be looking to bounce back from their Anzac Day drubbing in Melbourne.

In what could be a stunning turnaround, Issac Luke is set to remain in the No. 9 jersey despite being deemed unavailable for the next four weeks due to injury as recently as Monday.

The in-form hooker went through Monday's practice and is now pencilled in to start after he lasted just 16 minutes against Melbourne before he succumbed to a knee injury.

Coach Stephen Kearney said the signs are positive for the Kiwis test veteran, who has been one of the resurgent side's best through the season so far.

"We're not certain that we'll play this week but we're giving him every chance to play," Kearney told Radio Sport.

Newly-acquired ISP stand-out Karl Lawton will take the place on the bench vacated by Jazz Tevaga, who's been ruled out with a shoulder injury. He'll be the likely replacement for Luke should he be ruled unfit to take the field.

Also returning is prop James Gavet, who missed the last five rounds with a hamstring injury.

Anthony Gelling, Mason Lino and Isaiah Papali’i, all starters against the Storm, join Gavet on the extended bench.

The Warriors will kick-off against the fifth-placed Tigers at 7:30pm on Saturday.