Captain James Roby returns to the 19 man squad ahead of this week's 'Bad Friday' derby against neighbours Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Head Coach Justin Holbrook hinted after the victory over Hull FC and yesterday in his pre-match press conference that his captain, Roby, is on track to return, but would make a call later this week to determine if he is fit enough to start.
Roby has missed the last four Saints victories after undergoing surgery on a niggling groin injury following the defeat to London Broncos, but he is included in the 19 man squad for Friday’s derby clash.
Aaron Smith has also recovered from the whiplash he picked up in the win over Warrington Wolves and also returns to the squad.
The two hookers, Roby and his understudy, Smith, come in for Joseph Paulo who is out with a calf strain and Matty Costello who is the other to drop out.
St.Helens 19 man squad
1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote.
Wigan 19 man squad
Joe Bullock, Joe Burgess, Liam Byrne, Tony Clubb, Liam Farrell, Oliver Gildart, Chris Hankinson, Zak Hardaker, Willie Isa, Tommy Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Ollie Partington, Sam Powell, Jarrod Sammut, Dan Sarginson, Jake Shorrocks, Morgan Smithies, George Williams.
For the first time in 24 years and 94 consecutive games, the fixture can only be experienced live with a match ticket as it will not be televised!
Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults, but are selling fast!
You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium – subject to availability, while stocks last.