St Helens injury news: Paul Wellens confirms major Curtis Sironen boost, provides update on sidelined duo

Drew Darbyshire
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St Helens forward Curtis Sironen

St Helens coach Paul Wellens says he’s ‘very confident’ that back-rower Curtis Sironen will return in Friday’s trip to Warrington.

The Australian back-rower, who was in good form earlier in the year, has been limited to just one appearance since June 22 due to a recurring hamstring injury.

Sironen was named in Wellens’ 21-man squad at lunchtime today (Wednesday) ahead of their clash with Warrington in the penultimate round of the regular season on Friday night.

“We are very confident that he will play,” Wellens told Love Rugby League when asked about Sironen.

“He has trained really well over the past couple of weeks.

“He had a big training session for us yesterday and came through really well so we’ll assess him when he comes in the morning and see how he’s recovered – but we’re hopeful Curtis will play some part on Friday.

“He was in good form and then the injury obviously meant he was out for a long period and then he got re-injured in his first game back at Salford a few weeks back.

“It has been a frustrating period for him and ourselves because Curtis is an important player for us so it’s great to have him back and we’re hoping he can finish the season strong for us.”

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Wellens also said Tonga internationals Will Hopoate (hamstring) and Konrad Hurrell (calf) are both progressing well from their respective injuries.

“They’re progress on-field and are starting to reintegrate back into the squad,” Wellens added.

“They’ve still got a few more markers to hit in terms of bits of running and more game related training but we’ll get that into them pretty soon.

“Hopefully they respond well and then I get to experience some selection headaches again which is always nice for a coach to have.”

St Helens make the short trip over to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday night to face Warrington in Round 26 of Super League, 8pm kick-off.

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