Walsh injury not as bad as first feared

Saints half-back Luke Walsh
Saints half-back Luke Walsh

Points machine Luke Walsh will be back sooner than anticipated, Keiron Cunningham has confirmed.

The Australian stand-off limped off in the early moments of Saturday’s match at Hull FC with a lower leg injury.

It was feared Walsh could be facing a long spell on the sidelines but tests have revealed he is only facing a short spell on the sidelines.

Cunningham said: “It is nothing too major. He will be out a limited time and it is certainly not a long-term problem.”

In Walsh’s short term absence, the Saints’ boss hinted that he will continue with the half-back pairing of Jon Wilkin and Theo Fagas who completed the game in tandem at the KC Stadium.

He said: “They worked well together and in Wilko we have a leader who can be a big influence in the middle of the field and switching him along side Theo will help compensate for the loss of Walshy.

“It doesn’t matter what numbers they have on their backs as long as they know there roles and both fit the bill.”

Despite the 32-24 defeat on Humberside, Cunningham insisted that more positives than negatives had emerged from the club’s seventh setback of the Super League campaign.

He said: “I thought we righted a few wrongs with our performance and bar a few poor decisions and tough calls from the man in the middle we could have come away with a positive result.

“For large portions of the game we were the better side but we came away with nothing other than a little polish on our pride.

“Now we have to build on that, taking the same kind of performance into Friday’s home game against Warrington Wolves.”

Saints will be looking to complete a double over the high-flyers, having won 25-22 at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium in April.