MICHAEL Shenton has spoken of his frustration after being sidelined for the first time this season.
The 24-year-old had been ever-present during the current campaign, but was forced to miss Friday’s clash against league leaders Warrington with an ankle injury.
The England ace is now targeting the Wakefield game on Sunday, July 10 as his comeback game.
Shenton suffered the injury in the dying moments of the St Helens-Wigan derby defeat.
“It was a bit strange not playing on Friday,” Shenton said. “But it was also annoying, because one of my goals was to get through the season playing the majority of the games and playing consistently for the club, so it is frustrating that I’m missing out this far into the season.
“It could have been worse, though. Looking back at the footage of me picking up the injury, it looked quite nasty.
“My leg got trapped under a player, and it went over.
“I’m relieved it’s not a long-term problem. Although I’ve ruptured a ligament, it just needs a couple of weeks rest to heal itself.
“In the meantime, there is still plenty I can do in terms of fitness and weights, so I won’t lose my match fitness.”
Shenton, meanwhile, believed Saints are still strong contenders for silverware.
“Everyone at this club is ambitious and wants to win some silverware,” he said. “We are still in the Challenge Cup and, as long as we stay where we are, we are in with a shout of the Grand Final as well.”
n EX-Saints star Lee Gilmour has signed a two-year deal to stay at Huddersfield Giants.
But the 33-year-old reckons there’s no reason why he must hang up his boots once that deal ends.
“Providing I’m still enjoying myself and my body is holding up then I’ll look to continue playing,” said the former Great Britain international.
Inspired by players such as Keith Senior, Steve Menzies and fellow ex-Knowsley Roader Sean Long, Gilmour will also consider pulling on a Scotland jersey in the 2013 World Cup.
“I’ve not been playing international rugby for a few years now, so we’ll just have to see what happens when the time comes,” he added.