St Helens coach Paul Wellens has confirmed they will be without centre Konrad Hurrell for up to a month with a calf injury.
The Tongan powerhouse suffered a torn calf in the early stages of their 22-18 win over Leeds Rhinos last weekend, but managed to play on.
Speaking in his weekly press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Salford, Wellens confirmed his side will be missing the centre for around a month.
“Unfortunately, we lost Konrad on the weekend,” Wellens said. “Konrad has got a bit of a torn calf.
“I’ve got to pay him a fair bit of respect to be honest, he did that fairly early on in the game and managed to stay out there on the field and get through the 80 minutes so it is testament to his toughness as a player but we’ll unfortunately miss Konrad now for close to four weeks.”
St Helens could be boosted by return of key duo
The good news for Saints though is that they could welcome back key pair Curtis Sironen and Mark Percival for Sunday’s clash with Salford.
“We’re hopeful that Curtis Sironen might have a chance of playing this weekend,” Wellens said.
“He’s trained with the team this afternoon and we’ll have to check his response but hopefully he’ll come back into the 21 with a view to playing him on the weekend.
“But as I always say ins situations like this: we won’t take unnecessary risks and this week is going to come too soon for Joe Batchelor.
“We’re hopeful for Huddersfield but like Curtis, we’ll just monitor him as days and weeks pass.
“Mark is in line to play this week. It was important that we gave Mark the necessary time after his head knock he picked up in the game against Catalans.
“We gave him that extra week and we’ve had clearance from the neurosurgeon during the course of the week so Mark’s in line to play.”
Saints face the Red Devils at the Salford Stadium on Sunday, 3pm kick-off.