Players and fans rush to wish Walsh well

Luke Walsh is stretchered off after suffering a broken leg against Widnes.
Luke Walsh is stretchered off after suffering a broken leg against Widnes.

Saints fans and players, including Josh Jones, Kyle Amor and Tommy Makinson turned to social media outlets to to wish Walsh a speedy recovery from his injury.

Walsh carried off on a stretcher early in the second half of Friday’s 44-22 victory over Widnes Vikings at Langtree Park with his legs strapped together.

On field treatment lasted nearly 10 minutes before he was whisked away.

TV replays seem to suggest he got entangled wih one of his own team-mates as he was trying to make a tackle attempt ahead of Widnes’

53rd minute second try.

He was rushed to hospital where he spent the weekend and was only discharged on Monday.

By Monday Saints had received more than 600 get well soon messages from players, clubs and fans from all parts of the globe - and the number is growing all the time.

Club spokesperson said: We have been overwhelmed by the staggering response and will be passing on all the messages to the player.”

Staff and players also visited Walsh in hospital.

Meanwhile, Brown put on a brave and defiant face after Saints had been rocked by a devastating lower leg injury to Australian scrum half Luke Walsh.

Heartened by their display against the Vikings, particularly in the forwards, the head coach said: “It gives us a lot of confidence to take into next Friday’s trip to Hull FC and we are also sure we can have a positive finish to the year.”

He went on: “We have a good group of forwards, a dummy half back at the top of his game, two young centres and one of those was terrific in the halves today.

“New boy Shannon McDonnell can slot into the full back role which will allow us to move skipper Paul Wellens to the halves where he can also play well, just like he has done this year, and hopefully Lance wil be back in time for the play-offs.

“We have to remain positive and also work hard.”

Brown added: ‘’Unfortunately the win over Widnes came at a cost and the same could be said of a few other matches during the last few months.

“But that’s the nature of the game we play, I suppose. Luke was just making a tackle.”

and we’ve also had some news on Jon Wilkin which isn’t ideal either.’’

Saints were also guilty of a couple of second-half errors

which led to tries and Brown warned:’’ Against top sides, you can’t

afford those kind of lapses otherwise you will be punished.

“However, we generally dominated proceedings in attack and defence

and in the circumstances I was happy with our overall peformance.’’

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