Woolf gives injury update on trio as one player comes in for high praise

Kristian Woolf updated the media on the fitness of Mark Percival, Agnatius Paasi and Lachlan Coote, after the former two left the field in St Helens’ victory over Salford and the latter failed to start.

“Mark’s injury was a twinge; with his history we had to treat it really respectfully and make sure that we didn’t put him at any risk,” Woolf revealed.

“It’s come up really good and he’s done a bit of running, but he won’t play this week.

“With the extent of what it was, he has a real chance of next week, so it’s certainly positive news.

“The reason we want to be so cautious is because he is a class player, but we want him to stay on the pitch for a consistent basis.”

Whilst Percival succumbed to a leg problem, Agnatius Paasi was taken from the field with concussion after a heavy knock with Salford’s Pauli Pauli.

“It was a heavy knock, you don’t like to see those players in that type of position.

“He recovered really well, but he won’t play this weekend. There’s protocol in place but we wouldn’t have played him either.

“We want to look after our players, but the way he’s recovered and how he was straight after the game, I’ll be very confident that he will be fine to go next week.”

Whilst Percival and Paasi took to the field for the Friday night win, Lachlan Coote didn’t even start, but Woolf was keen to stress that the fullback will play a part in this week’s fixture against Hull KR.

“He was 50/50 last week, but we made the decision that he hadn’t had enough running and full training with the whole squad to justify putting him in there.

“Having Jack Welsby there who trained so well, we have a lot of confidence in what he can do which made the decision a little easier, but we are expecting him (Coote) to take the field this week.

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