Jonny Lomax lined up for return against Leeds

Saints will make a decision later today or tomorrow on the fitness of Jonny Lomax
Saints will make a decision later today or tomorrow on the fitness of Jonny Lomax

Saints have been given a much-needed shot in the arm with the news that long-term injury victim Jonny Lomax could return to action in Friday night’s home game against Leeds.

Mark Percival and Atelea Vea are also on the brink of a return to first team action for the clash against the struggling Yorkshire side.

But it is the return of full-back Lomax that will capture most fans’ attention.

He has been out of action for just over 12 months following major knee surgery, but played 25 minutes in the Reserves victory over Warrington Wolves at Victoria Park on Saturday and came through his short spell unscathed.

Centre Percival, who suffered medial ligament damage in Saints’ first away fixture of the season at Salford, has been absent for 10 matches, while Vea has been sidelined for five games with a calf problem.

Head coach Keiron Cunningham will assess up-to-date medical reports before deciding if one, two or three of his trio will be involved at some stage in the in the Leeds’ showdown.

“If Jonny is fit and feeling fine he will definitely play, but we have got to be smart with his body after his long-term injury problems,” said Cunningham.

“He is a great player who adds a lot to the side.

“We didn’t train him on Monday so we’ll have a look at him again and see how he goes.”

The Saints’ boss also revealed that both Percival and Vea were ahead of schedule on the road to recovery.

Saints will announce their 19-man squad for the Battle of the Roses at 2pm tomorrow (Wednesday).