Wigan Warriors are top of the league but they are level on points with Betfred Super League Champions and World Champions St Helens as well as Catalans Dragons as the trio of clubs battle for the League Leaders’ Shield and a home semi-final with only two of them set for a home semi final in 2023.
The fact St Helens are in the mix is impressive with their suspensions and of course injuries and they are mounting again with Konrad Hurrell now in doubt.
Paul Wellens said on Saints TV:
“Konrad got a bit of a calf strain, something that he’s had issues with in the past.
“We’re not in the business at this stage of the season of forcing people to stay out there and making what was a problem before a lot, a lot worse.
“We’ll get him assessed in the week and see where we’re at with that one.”
“Obviously it’s pretty soon after the game, so again I need to sit down with the medical staff and see where we’re at, hopefully it’s not too serious. But we’ll obviously need more information to determine that.”
Meanwhile, Dan Norman has suffered a head knock:
“I’ll speak to the doctors, he got up and didn’t look too good so I’m assuming so, given the standards now around and those types of incidents.
“Again, I need to sit down with the doctors and see where we’re at in terms of whether Dan is available next week.”
Morgan Knowles is now a doubt too:
“Again, he’s someone we’ve got to assess in the week, but he’s been carrying a bit of an issue for a number of weeks now. A growing issue that’s becoming a bit aggravated.
“So, given the fact that Morgan is an important player for us and Morgan is someone who again put his hand up, he can wait it out.
“I think since he’s come back from those couple of suspensions at the start of the year, he’s been absolutely outstanding for us.
“We’re hoping that he’ll be fit next week but again we’ll need more information.”
However, they have been boosted by the return of Matty Lees:
“Obviously it was great to have Matty Lees back. He’s pivotal to what we’re about as a team, his work ethic is great but it’s probably been a blessing for him that he missed a couple of games.
“He played a lot for us this year and needed a couple of weeks off, although we didn’t want them in the circumstances that he got them. But yeah, it’s great to have him back on.”
They will be without Alex Walmsley and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for the rest of the season too.