Saints’ hooker Aaron Smith to additionally miss Wembley showpiece after being handed two-match ban
Final Up to date: 19/08/19 9:07pm
St Helens prop ahead Matty Lees has been dominated out of the Problem Cup closing with a hip harm.
The 21-year-old sustained a hip harm in Saints’ 36-20 Tremendous League win at Leeds final Thursday.
Lees has performed in all however two of his facet’s 29 league and cup video games this season however will sit out the showpiece towards Warrington at Wembley on Saturday.
“He had a knock on his hip but we thought he would be okay,” head coach Justin Holbrook stated.
“Nevertheless, he was in a nasty method after the sport and was taken to hospital and had surgical procedure there. It is not nice, he will be out for a good bit.
“It is an enormous blow. I’m actually upset for him. He is an incredible younger participant and performs as robust as anybody.”
Lees might be Saints’ solely absentee at Wembley, with Holbrook in a position to choose from a powerful squad.
Second rower Zeb Taia will play after lacking the semi-final win over Halifax with a shoulder harm whereas unfastened ahead Morgan Knowles may pressure his method again in after lacking the final three matches with a rib harm.
“We have nonetheless bought to go away a few nice gamers out this week,” added Holbrook, who has rotated his team over the last month. “We’re in a superb place, whoever runs out for us has performed rather well.”
In the meantime, hooker Aaron Smith has been handed a two-match penalty for making harmful contact on Leeds full-back Jack Walker throughout the win towards the Rhinos final week.
The ban guidelines Smith out of the Wembley closing, though he was set to make method for the return of skipper James Roby.