St Helens injury news: Paul Wellens confirms major Konrad Hurrell boost as he provides update on sidelined duo

Drew Darbyshire
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Konrad Hurrell in action for St Helens

St Helens coach Paul Wellens says centre Konrad Hurrell is likely to return to action for Sunday’s trip to Wakefield.

Tonga international Hurrell has missed Saints’ last four games with a torn calf, but Wellens says it’s highly likely that he’ll return for their clash with Wakefield at Belle Vue.

“Konrad’s very likely to play,” Wellens said in his weekly press conference. “He’s trained with the team this afternoon and done a really good job.

“We’re obviously excited to have him back out there. It has been a big few weeks for him in terms of obviously getting over the injury first and foremost but I know he’s put a lot of work into himself and his physical condition.

“We’re not expecting too much too soon for Konrad but we’re very hopeful we’ll see him back to his best in no time.”

St Helens provides update on injured duo Curtis Sironen and Will Hopoate

Wellens provided an update on back-rower Curtis Sironen and centre Will Hopoate, who are currently nursing hamstring injuries.

“They’re both progressing well through their rehab programmes but I’m in a similar situation to last week, we are not really putting definitive timeframes on their return date,” Wellens said.

“They are both progressing well and have started running now and will reintegrate with the squad next week.

“What is really important in both cases is that we don’t just throw them back in there straight away. What we need to do is have the right level of training load and intensity and things like that to best prepare them for the games that are coming up from now until the end of the season but also the play-off games as well.”

Saints will welcome back prop Matty Lees back into the squad on Sunday, with the England international having served his two-match ban.

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