St Helens sweat over Pryce fitness

St Helens head coach Daniel Anderson faces an anxious wait over the fitness of influential half-back Leon Pryce, after he hobbled off in Friday night’s 26-12 defeat of Leeds.nnForwards Nick Fozzard, Mike Bennett, Chris Flannery and Jason Cayless have already been consigned to the treatment table of late, and it appears Pryce may have to follow suit.nnThe stand-off, 26, wrapped the game up at Headingley with the all-important try ten minutes from time, before limping off the field with a badly swollen knee.nnAfter being replaced by youngster Paul Clough, Pryce played no further part in the game, and is now a major doubt for England‘s Gillette International Test against France next Friday.nnHead coach Anderson was able to identify the nature of the injury, but remained unsure as to the full extent of the damage and therefore the possible length of Pryce’s absence.nn”It’s a nasty corked thigh. He’s in doubt because it’s something that doesn’t have a finite recovery period,” Anderson explained.nn”The chances are that he’ll be right. He does have a quadricep injury but I’ll leave [England coach] Tony Smith and his medical staff to check on it,” he added.nnThis win over the reigning Super League champions extended the Knowsley Road club’s irresistible run of form, which has now been stretched to eight straight wins in the league.nnHowever, any extended absence of Pryce could prove to be a huge loss for the Merseysiders, especially if are to dislodge Leeds at the top of the table and triumph in next month’s crucial Challenge Cup semi-final between the two sides.

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