Cunningham Gives Update

KEIRON Cunningham has given an update on Saints’ injured players as he prepares his side to face Warrington this Thursday.

The Club’s Head Coach says he is waiting for a second opinion on fullback Jonny Lomax whilst Mark Percival will be out for six weeks after damaging medial ligaments.

“We will get a second opinion on Jonny’s scan and move on from there,” he said. “It is the same knee as last year but until we get that opinion we can’t say anything more. He is an influential and super player so will be a big loss for the period he is out.

“Percy will be out for a few weeks. He is in a knee brace at the moment but we’re hoping to have him back in around six weeks.

“Mark Flanagan has had surgery on his eye. He wants to play desperately but player welfare is key. It would be selfish of me to push him forward because that might do permanent damage that could hinder his livelihood in the future.

“Luke Walsh won’t be available this month but should be available at the start of April.

“He had complications with his ankle before he did his leg and we got that sorted out after his leg had healed. There have been a few complications with the bits of bobs (screws and plates) inside his leg so they have been removed.

“It was the right thing to do for Luke; it feels like a normal leg to him now. No screws or plates in the bones. He is in a good place now and hopefully will be back around the start to the second week of April.”

Saints remain five from five in Super League following a 30-20 win at Widnes that saw them overturn a 14-6 half time deficit.

James Roby and Kyle Amor missed that match through injury and suspension respectively and both will return this week.

“We were very good in the second half,” Keiron added. “Perhaps I spoke a little to soon after the game about the fact we were lacking in certain areas in the first half. Looking back we bombed a few chances which is good in a way as it shows your attack is very nearly on the money.

“We were untouchable at times in the second half.”

Cunningham said Atelea Vea continues to impress in the side and has become a real fans’ favourite.

“And he is my daughter’s favourite player too,” he added. “I thought Lance played well and that is what his role is this year, being that modern versatile player. Matty Dawson played well in his first game too. I have some tough choices to make for this week’s game.

“There shouldn’t be any need for me to get the players up for this week’s game. They know what they need to do, how they need to play and what standards they need to set. If they turn up on the night and do what we have prepared to do then we will make if difficult for Warrington.”

Tickets for Thursday’s game against Warrington at Langtree Park (8pm) remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 050 or online here.

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