Wakefield Trinity have suffered another injury blow following their defeat to St Helens on Friday night.
Winger Tom Lineham left the action early as Trinity went down 20-4 after putting in a stubborn performance against the reigning champions.
Wakefield kept Saints to just one try in the second-half and scored a beauty themselves through Tom Johnstone.
But, 29-year-old Lineham will miss the next few weeks, head coach Willie Poching confirmed.
“Losing a quality player is always difficult and we had to rejig our team,” Poching told BBC Radio Leeds.
“We are quite fortunate to have someone with Liam Kay’s ability to come in.
“I don’t know the full extent of his injury yet but it’s looking like a couple of weeks. We will have a better idea tomorrow.”
In a feisty evening of rugby league, Saints slowly began grinding a stubborn Wakefield side down, crossing in the 15th minute through Mark Percival after a free-flowing move to the left, with Jack Welsby supplying the assist. Tommy Makinson couldn’t convert as Saints led 4-0.
Credit to Wakefield, though, their defence stood firm until James Roby sniped from dummy-half to get a try just before the half-hour mark. This time Makinson was on target to make it 10-0.
It was two in three minutes for the home side when the ball was shipped to the left with poise and Makinson grubbered ahead for the gleeful Percival to get his second.
16-0 down away to the reigning champions and many teams would have fallen on their sword, but Trinity came back and struck through Tom Johnstone after a sweet kick to the corner. Max Jowitt failed to add the extras from out wide as Saints led 16-4 at the break.
There was just one try in the second-half, coming courtesy of a stellar Josh Simm finish coming in the 64th minute, though Makinson couldn’t convert.
Things did get fractious towards the end as David Fifita was sent to the sinbin for dissent and Curtis Sironen followed for the home side for a swinging arm.
For St Helens, it wasn’t too pretty but it was another two points in their quest for greatness once more in 2022.