Walsh eyes Good Friday comeback

Luke Walsh in action against Castleford
Luke Walsh in action against Castleford
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  • Aussie star scrum-half could make his return against Wigan
  • Complications from surgery led to delays in comeback
  • Saints still waiting for news on stricken Jonny Lomax

Injured Luke Walsh could return to the Saints side for the crunch Good Friday clash with arch-rivals Wigan.

Keiron Cunningham confirmed this week that the star Aussie half-back is in line to return to action “at the start of April”, raising the tantalising prospect of a Good Friday return.

Walsh, who was sidelined at the end of last season after suffering a serious knee injury, has since had complex surgery on an old ankle injury - which has set him back further.

Cunningham said: “Luke Walsh won’t be available this month, but will be available at the start of April. We had complications with the ankle once his leg had healed - a few complications with the bits and bobs inside his leg. They have now been removed and from the date of the operation we were told it would be six weeks. That was about two weeks ago.

“Luke feels like it was the right thing to do. He says it feels like a normal leg now. He previously had plates and screws in those bones - things that shouldn’t be there. Your body’s not going to enjoy having them in there but he’s comfortable now and he’s in a good place.

“Hopefully he’ll be back at the start or the second week of April.”

Luke Walsh won’t be available this month, but will be available at the start of April

Saints coach Keiron Cunningham

In the meantime both Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival are set to join Walsh on the treatment table. Both suffered knee injuries against Wakefield earlier this month.

Lomax has injured the same knee as last season - which forced him to miss the end of the year - and is awaiting the results of a second scan.

Percival faces six weeks on the sidelines after damaging his medial ligaments.

Cunningham admitted that the loss of the duo was “a blow” but is set to welcome back James Roby and Kyle Amor from injury and suspension this week. Roby was rested against Widnes after suffering a knock.

Cunningham also told how he would have no difficulty in motivating the players for Thursday night’s game against Warrington.

“The best thing about these games is that you don’t really need to raise your team for them,” he said.

“I could probably have a week off!

“Warrington are playing well. I watched the game against Leeds and I thought they played brilliantly. They’re a great side.”