Injury list mounting

SAINTS will go into Saturday’s clash against fellow high-fliers Huddersfield Giants at the Galpharm Stadium amid what Royce Simmons yesterday described as “the worst injury crisis I have experience in my coaching career”.

On Monday – with four players away on England training duty – Simmons had only seven fully-fit players in for training and was forced to concentrate almost exclusively on gym work.

He will be taking a head count later in the week, but hinted there was a possibility Paul Wellens, Chris Flannery, Tony Puletua, Nathan Ashe, Kyle Eastmond and Shaun Magennis could all be fit for the Roses battle.

“It is touch-and-go with all these players at this moment and it is a question of wait and see,” said Simmons, who also revealed that at least eight others had ‘no hope in the world of playing’.

“We are doing well to still be hanging in there considering the amount of injuries we’ve suffered, and we face another tough task against Giants.

“But we are St Helens, and while feeling a little battered and bruised, we will be up for the challenge once more this weekend.”

n The Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth round tie against Featherstone Rovers at the Stobart Stadium will be played on Sunday, May 22, kick-off 3pm.