It’s been pretty common in 2022 that stars have had to sit out for a length of time due to injury.
The increase in injuries has been one of the most talked about features of the season so far – and it has showed no sign of slowing down.
St Helens have had their fair share of problems this season with the likes of Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Will Hopoate and now Alex Walmsley all been ruled out for lengthy periods of time.
And, they will have to do without another forward for the Super League semi-final showdown against the Salford Red Devils on Saturday as Dan Norman has a broken cheekbone.
“Dan Norman is definitely unavailable this week. His cheekbone injury (from the Toulouse game) is a fractured cheekbone, unfortunately,” Woolf said.
“That is just a little bit where we are at there at the moment and have finished the year with a lot of players unavailable.
“Some of that changes a little for us this week but a lot of it doesn’t.”
One man who will be included is Tommy Makinson following a disjointed season in the Red Vee this year.
And, Woolf is keen to see the winger back after he missed the big loss to the Wigan Warriors just a few weeks prior.
“He has had a bit of disrupted back end of the season.
“He was a massive loss against Wigan, we threw out a really young group and Tommy is experienced.
“The way he plays and the influence he has was a really big loss.”
Of course, Saints will have to do without Alex Walmsley who has broken a bone in his foot with the hulking forward also out of the Rugby League World Cup in a bitter blow for Kristian Woolf and Shaun Wane.