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St Helens dealt massive double injury blow

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St Helens head coach Paul Wellens has issued an injury update for his side ahead of their crucial top-of-the-table clash against Catalans Dragons, and it comes with bad news for Saints fans.

They’ve scored 100 points in the past two games, most recently in a 40-10 victory over Rohan Smith’s Leeds Rhinos, and would have been hoping to use this momentum in their game against a plucky Catalans side that you can rarely bet against.

However, in news their fans won’t be happy to hear, they’re going into this game down two key men, with them both set to be out for an extended period of time.

Adding to recent injuries to Alex Walmsley, Morgan Knowles, Matt Whitley and Jake Wingfield, Saints are another man down in their forward pack, as they’re now set to be without Joe Batchelor for an extended period of time.

Wellens said: “Joe Batchelor’s got some pretty significant ankle ligament damage and it’s looking like it’s going to be an eight to nine-week layoff for him.”

This could be a significant problem for Saints, as with so many other injuries, their incredible squad could start, somehow, to look a bit thin.

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Batchelor’s isn’t the only significant gap in the teamsheet for their upcoming fixtures, because they’re also going to be without Jonny Lomax in the halves.

On his injury, Wellens said: “Jonny Lomax has got a fracture to his hand.

“We’re not thinking that’s going to require surgery. However, he will be missing for around four weeks.

“It’s obviously not good to lose not just two players, but two very good players, so it’s obviously going be a challenge for us, but one that I will ask the team to rise to.”

It looks like Lomax will be out for around a month, but with his absence, alongside Batchelor’s for double that time, Paul Wellens has some thinking to do if his side are going to stay on track.

Their next game comes against Catalans Dragons in a repeat of last year’s Super League playoff semi-final. That game comes on Friday night at The Totally Wicked Stadium and can be viewed live on Sky Sports. Details of that game and all other rugby league games on TV can be found here.

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