St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf confirms return of two big-hitters for Hull FC clash

Kristian Woolf has revealed he will welcome back Agnatius Paasi and Sione Mata’utia into his squad ahead of Sunday’s trip to the MKM Stadium to face Hull FC.

Paasi sat out Sunday’s win against Castleford after suffering a head knock against Salford the previous week, whilst Mata’utia has missed the last three games through suspension.

The Saints boss has also admitted that Will Hopoate has a chance of a return, but his fitness will be assessed later this week.

Curtis Sironen will of course miss out after picking up a two game ban against Castleford game with the club deciding not to appeal the decision.

Saints have recalled Josh Simm from his loan spell at Hull FC after youngster Dan Hill injured his shoulder early in Sunday’s game with Hill sidelined for between four-to-six weeks.

Woolf said: “Both Agnatius Paasi and Sione Mata’utia will be 100 per cent available.

“Will Hopoate will have to get back into training and see where he is at. Will will have some chance but I won’t sit here now and say that he’s a definite.”

Saints have been doing it tough with injuries in 2022 with Woolf also having to recall Sam Royle from his loan spell at Hull KR, whilst Tommy Makinson made his return against Castleford last week.

Mark Percival is still seemingly out with a niggling problem, but Woolf previously spoke of his hope that the England centre wouldn’t be too far away.

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