St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf has given an update on Alex Walmsley and Regan Grace as Saints head to the south of France on Saturday afternoon.
The Merseyside club will take on Catalans Dragons in Perpignan in the Challenge Cup Quarter-Final – a clash which will be live on the BBC and one which is being hailed as the greatest tie of the round with last year’s Super League Grand Finalists going toe-to-toe.
Ahead of that trip, Woolf has revealed that there is good news on Alex Walmsley.
“Al will be back. He is 100 per cent right,” Woolf told the St Helens Star.
“He was very close last week but there are just a few boxes to be ticked before you can be 100 per cent confident that a player can come back and play from a hamstring injury.
“It was not a risk worth taking last week given who he is and what we have coming up this time of the year and the games we have to look forward to. It was a smart decision.”
Woolf did reveal, however, that there is bad news for Regan Grace following a hamstring injury for the Welsh flyer.
“It is likely to be four weeks, but we hope it could possibly be shorter,” Woolf continued.
“It was just bad luck with the way he actually landed in the tackle at Whitehaven.
“It is frustrating for Reegs.
“He is a really good fella who always wants to do his best by the team and it means a lot to him to play for St Helens and play with blokes he has come through the Academy with and played with for a long time.