St Helens Injury Woes Ahead of Top-of-the-Table Clash: Rugby League News

Saints Face Injury Woes Ahead of Top-of-the-Table Clash

St Helens head coach Paul Wellens has provided an injury update ahead of his side’s crucial top-of-the-table clash against the Catalans Dragons. The news, however, is not what Saints fans would have hoped for.

Despite their impressive form, scoring 100 points in their past two games, including a 40-10 victory over Leeds Rhinos, St Helens will be without two key players for an extended period.

Wellens revealed that Joe Batchelor has suffered “significant ankle ligament damage” and is facing an eight to nine-week layoff. This comes as a further blow to the Saints, who are already without Alex Walmsley, Morgan Knowles, Matt Whitley, and Jake Wingfield due to recent injuries.

In addition to Batchelor’s absence, the Saints will also be without Jonny Lomax for around four weeks due to a hand fracture. Wellens acknowledged that the loss of these “two very good players” will be a challenge, but he has called on the team to rise to the occasion.

“The loss of Jonny and Joe is a real blow, but we’ve got a good squad and we’ll have to find a way to get the job done.”

The upcoming fixture against the plucky Catalans Dragons, a repeat of last year’s Super League playoff semi-final, will be a true test for the depleted Saints squad. The match is set to take place on Friday night at the Totally Wicked Stadium and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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