Wilkin out for three weeks with gardening injury

Jon Wilkin - now nicknamed Orlando Broom by teammates - is recovering well from a hand injury caused while sweeping his back garden
Jon Wilkin - now nicknamed Orlando Broom by teammates - is recovering well from a hand injury caused while sweeping his back garden

SAINTS loose forward Jon Wilkin could be sidelined for a month after he sustained a hand injury following a freak accident with a yard brush while gardening.

The 27-year-old had been set to return for Saints’ home game against Hull KR on Friday (April 1) after recovering from a calf injury suffered during training with England earlier this month.

But Saints coach Royce Simmons confirmed: “He (Wilkin) was sweeping up and the broom snapped and ripped through his hand.

“He did not damage any tendon but he did damage a lot of nerves so will have to play with it heavily strapped. He’s gone for another three to four weeks.”

Wilkin revealed the injury first on the Twitter social networking site, posting: “A brush snapped and went through my hand whilst sweeping up.

“Cheap brush did some damage had surgery on Thursday night... gutting.”