Coach of the Hunters, Michael Marum said Puara underwent a major shoulder reconstruction operation during the off-season and has been in training with the squad since the beginning of the year.
“He has fully recovered. He did some body contact sessions since last week and the doctors have given the all clear, said Marum.
Puara’s return is timely after Gahuna Silas suffered an arm injury in last Saturday’s 38-14 loss to the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
“Even though Wartovo lacks match fitness, he knows what’s needed in these big matches,” said Marum.
Also returning to the starting side is Adex Wera and David Loko from injury and sickness plus Wellington Albert from his two match suspension.
Willie Minoga and Stanton Albert will start from the bench with Rhadley Brawa, Moses Meninga, Enock Maki and Lawrence Tu’u also named on the extended 20 man squad:
The 20 man squad is:
1)Bland ABAVU 2. Stargroth AMEAN 3. Israel ELIAB 4. Adex WERA 5. Karo KAUNA 6. Ase BOAS (Captain) 7. Watson BOAS 8. Henry WAN 9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr 10. Esau SIUNE 11. Nixon PUT 12. David LOKO 13. Wellington ALBERT 14. Willie MINOGA 15. Rhadley BRAWA 16. Stanton ALBERT 17. Moses MENINGA 18. Enock MAKI 19. Lawrence Tu’u 20. Paul WAWA.
The round seven game which is for the Stan Joyce Cup will kick off at 3pm.
Ticket prices for Sunday’s game:
Grand Stand – K45 Western Wing – K25 Eastern Stands - K20 North/South Stands– K15.
Tickets can be purchased from Stop N Shop at Rainbow, Hardware Haus at Waigani, Brian Bell shops at Vision City, Home Centre at Gordons and Plaza in Boroko and Big Rooster outlets at Koki and Erima.
Tickets will also be on sale at the National Football Stadium on game day on Sunday. Gates will open at 12pm.