James Roby, Saints’ most consistent performer this season, is set to return to the side against Hull this Friday.
The England ace sustained ligament injuries to both ankles during a frustratingly truncated season, but is now described as “100 per cent fit” by head coach Nathan Brown.
“Robes will play this week. He would have played even if we had already secured fifth place in the league,” said Brown.
“At the end of the day, we are secure in the play-offs and there’s no way we’d risk Robes just to try to get us a win.
“The reason he’ll be playing this week is that he’s 100 per cent fit, has completed all his training and is ready to play.
“He did some team work with the guys last week and is doing the whole week this week.”
Roby was initially aided in his recovery by a protective “moon boot” and was able to maintain his fitness via work on an anti-gravity treadmill, a technique first developed by boffins at the US space agency NASA.
The space-age treadmill has enabled Roby, and Sia Soliola, to work on their fitness while not exacerbating their injuries.