St Helens coach Paul Wellens has revealed the champions could be without key forward Curtis Sironen for a ‘couple of weeks’ due to a hamstring injury.
Sironen left the action early in last Thursday’s 34-6 defeat at Hull with a hamstring injury, but it isn’t as bad as first feared, according to Wellens.
Speaking in his weekly press conference ahead of Friday’s game against Castleford: “Curtis has got a bit of a tweaked hamstring.
“It’s nothing too serious, it might be a couple of weeks.
“It is just one that we are going to have to assess as we go along.
“Obviously we won’t be taking unneccessary risk and making it a bigger problem that it needs to be, but its not as serious as we felt.”
St Helens provides update on Morgan Knowles
The Saints also lost influential forward Morgan Knowles in last week’s Hull defeat, but the England international should be able to play against Castleford on Friday.
Knowles said: “Morgan is okay, he’s good to go this week.
“He had a bit of a bang on his hip which affected him on the weekend but he has recovered well from that so I’m obviously pleased that he will be able to play this week.”
Wellens revealed that star centre Mark Percival will be back this week after completing his return to play concussion protocol.
Wellens added: “Mark’s good, he’s training with the team this afternoon.
“It goes without saying that everyone knows he is an important player for us so it will be great to have Percy back out there.”
Wellens also revealed Tee Ritson is nursing a ‘grumbly’ knee problem which isn’t too serious and will be assessed further ahead of Friday’s home clash against the Tigers.
The Saints boss said: “Tee Ritson has got a bit of a grumbly knee problem which is nothing too serious.
“We’ll get to captain’s run before we make a decision on knee and apart from that, everybody else is okay.”
St Helens take on Castleford at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night, 8pm kick-off.