SAINTS are facing an anxious wait before they know the full extent of prop Josh Perry’s shoulder injury which he picked up late in the second half of Easter Monday’s 48-18 home victory over the Castleford Tigers.
Coach Nathan Brown said yesterday: “We are not sure what the extend of the injury is but initial reports don’t look too good.
“Since I’ve been at the club, Josh has been terrific in training despite a couple of minor injury sebacks but let’s hope the latest one is not as bad as we think.”
The former Manly Sea Eagles forward hasn’t been blessed with a great of luck after making his St Helens debut against Harlequins in March 2011, picking up a serious injury at Hull in July of that year which wrecked his season.
Neither has he subsequently enjoyed long injury-free spells and must feel he has walked under a ladder.
“Things have not gone exactly to plan so far as our injuries are concerned,” said Brown who only has five ever-presents remaining in his squad - Jon Wilkin, Jordan Turner, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Josh Jones and Sia Soliola.
The Aussie added: “I’m sure we will see an upturn in the situation but for the moment it will give other players, like Mark Percival, Joe Greenwood and James Tilley, a chance to stake a claim for a regular first team spot.”
Good news on the injury front, however, is that Lance Hohaia, who can slot into a number of creative roles, will be back for the trip to Hull KR on Sunday afternoon after a three-match absence.
The Robins suffered a stunning 84-6 home defeat against league leaders Wigan Warriors on Easter Monday and how they respond to such a humiliating setback will go a long way to determining the outcome of this Battle of the Roses.
Saints’ fans, unable to make the long journey across the Pennines, will still have a chance to cheer on a local side at Langtree Park where amateurs Blackbrook take on Kingstone Press Championship outift York City Knights in the third round of the Tetley Challenge Cup, kick-off 2pm.
Others may want to make the trip to West Yorkshire where a second local club, Thatto Heath, face three-time Wembley winners Featherstone Rovers, kick-off 3pm.
The draw for the fourth round, in which all th big guns will be involved, takes place at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Monday.