St Helens prop Matty Lees is on the road to recovery after undergoing successful emergency abdominal surgery.
The 21-year-old sustained a serious abdominal injury in the win over Leeds on August 15 and he has since had successful surgery.
Lees will play no further part in Saints’ season and is “doing all he can” to pull on a St Helens jersey again next year.
St Helens head physio Nathan Mill said: “Matty perforated his bowel during the victory over Leeds Rhinos which resulted in him undergoing emergency abdominal surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.
“The surgery was a success, but Matty will sit out the remainder of the current season and has a long road to recovery.
“The nature of the injury and its rarity and complexity means it will be a matter of taking it stage by stage in regard to his rehabilitation process. Our medical team here at St Helens will judge his progression to correctly determine when that means he will return to play.
“The good news for Matty and everyone involved is he is currently stable at home and improving gradually.”