St Helens hit with huge blow but have three stars back for Hull FC game as Wigan Warriors again do without star

Today the top two are in action as St Helens take on Hull FC away for the second time this season and Wigan again journey to Wakefield for the third time this season.

The Warriors have been hit with a bit of a blow with Liam Farrell again missing out. For two weeks in a row Farrell has been in line to play being named in the 21-man squad but hasn’t been fit to make the 17.

Kai Pearce-Paul and Willie Isa subsequently remain at centre with John Bateman still injured.

It’s better news for their title rivals St Helens who are looking to maintain their lead at the top of the table as they welcome back three stars.

Will Hopoate returns to fullback as Jon Bennison returns to the wing. He’s joined out wide by Sione Mata’utia who is back from a ban to play centre in place of Ben Davies who moves into the halves in place of Jack Welsby who is the major blow for the Champions who is a surprise absentee.

Agnatius Paasi is the other returning man for the Champions on the bench.

They take on a Hull FC side who have Jordan Johnstone back in the mix and Vulikijapani at centre, Connor Wynne on the wing with Josh Simm back at St Helens after his loan at the MKM Stadium but he doesn’t feature.

As for Wakefield, like Wigan they’ve lost a key player in the shape of Liam Hood who is ruled out through illness as Jordy Crowther takes over at nine and Brad Walker starts on the bench.

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