St Helens boss Kristian Woolf provides update on Jonny Lomax, Regan Grace and Will Hopoate ahead of Wigan Warriors clash

St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf has given an update on Jonny Lomax, Will Hopoate and Regan Grace heading into Saturday’s Challenge Cup semi-final clash with Wigan Warriors.

Lomax left the field in the 27th minute in Saints’ win over Salford holding his wrist, whilst Hopoate picked up a knock but carried on until the end.

Head coach Woolf admitted he would need to get the pair scanned and he has shed further light on Lomax and Hopoate as well as Regan Grace ahead of Saturday’s big clash with their derby rivals.

“Jonny is coming along really well,” Woolf told Saintsrlfc.com.

We will figure how he is as the week goes on. He is the most disciplined person I have ever come across and will give himself the best possible chance to feature.

“We will wait and see and name our squad later in the week. If he plays he will be 100% and have an impact on the game.”

On Hopoate, Woolf said: “Will Hopoate unfortunately won’t be involved. He hurt is hamstring again and it is a re-occurring one. He hurt it early on, but I think it is important I tell you what he did for us last weekend. When Jonny went off, we needed someone to hang out there for us and play tough.

“He played on one leg for us and couldn’t do what he wanted to do and he didn’t have the impact he wanted to have, but he was so tough and used his experience to get through it and we had no tries conceded on that side. I was really proud of his effort,” Woolf continued.

“He has had really bad luck so far in his Saints career. He broke his ribs early and now his hamstring injuries. It is certainly not his fault.

“He has come over here fit and had a big pre season so he has just been unlucky – something he has not had over the last few years in the NRL. I know he is going to get back for us as soon as possible.

“We won’t make the same mistake and we will give him all the time he needs and he will have an impact for us at the end of the year.”

Woolf also admitted Regan Grace has a chance to feature on Saturday too.

“Regan is a bit like Jonny. We will see how he progresses over the next few days and we will name a squad on Thursday.”

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