Saints coach Nathan Brown described news that star prop Kyle Amor will only be out for three months with the knee injury he sustained against Leeds as “a big bonus”.
Brown had feared that Amor, one of Saints’ best players so far this year, would be out for the season after he limped off at Headingley in the 32-12 Challenge Cup defeat.
But tests have since shown that the 26-year-old does not need surgery - despite damaging the ligament on the side of his knee.
Brown said: “We thought his season could have been over so three months, as bad as that sounds, is actually a big bonus for us. It means he’s going to be able to come back and play for us at the end of the year.
“He’ll have some hurdles to overcome before then but, at the moment, the doctors don’t think he needs surgery, which is pleasing. What we need now is for some of the other props to work well and help replace him.”
Brown also issued an upbeat assessment on Jordan Turner’s injury.
Initially, medics feared he had broken his foot in the same game but scans have since shown that it was just ligament damage.
Brown said the 25-year-old is “coming along well”.
Despite being unlikely to be available for selection against Bradford or Warrington, Turner is expected to be back in the fold soon.