Paul Wellens explains why St Helens are doing it tough

Wigan Warriors may be sat in top spot but they are sharing top spot with two clubs in the shape of Super League and World Champions St Helens and Catalans Dragons.

The Saints being up there is quite remarkable after a tough season for the Saints with injuries and suspensions working against the Saints after their World Club Challenge win over Penrith Panthers.

Speaking on Saints TV after their game against Wakefield Trinity, Paul Wellens explained how things were tough for the Champions:

“Konrad got a bit of a calf strain, something that he’s had issues with in the past.

“We’re not in the business at this stage of the season of forcing people to stay out there and making what was a problem before a lot, a lot worse.

“We’ll get him assessed in the week and see where we’re at with that one.”

“Obviously it’s pretty soon after the game, so again I need to sit down with the medical staff and see where we’re at, hopefully it’s not too serious. But we’ll obviously need more information to determine that.”

There were potential head knocks for Jonny Lomax and Dan Norman.

On Lomax, Wellens said:

“No, Jonny’s fine, I was actually preparing to bring Jonny off anyway. He had a couple of niggles during the week and I would have liked to have brought him off the field a bit sooner but he’s obviously a very important player to us.

“Just as he was about to get brought off legitimately, as often happens, he took a little bang but he’s had the head assessment and he’s absolutely fine.”

On Norman, it was less positive:

“I’ll speak to the doctors, he got up and didn’t look too good so I’m assuming so, given the standards now around and those types of incidents.

“Again, I need to sit down with the doctors and see where we’re at in terms of whether Dan is available next week.”

Meanwhile, there is a doubt over Morgan Knowles:

“Again, he’s someone we’ve got to assess in the week, but he’s been carrying a bit of an issue for a number of weeks now. A growing issue that’s becoming a bit aggravated.

“So, given the fact that Morgan is an important player for us and Morgan is someone who again put his hand up, he can wait it out.

“I think since he’s come back from those couple of suspensions at the start of the year, he’s been absolutely outstanding for us.

“We’re hoping that he’ll be fit next week but again we’ll need more information.”