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Injury update: Matty Lees and Morgan Knowles

St Helens will be without prop Matty Lees for between 10 and 11 weeks according to boss Kristian Woolf after the 23-year-old recently underwent surgery on his ankle. However there is some good news in regard to Morgan Knowles return.

Lees hobbled off mid-way through the first half of our Betfred Challenge Cup win over Leeds Rhinos earlier this month and Woolf has revealed that he will unfortunately be out for around 10 to 11 weeks.

In his weekly interview which you can watch on Saints TV here, the boss shed some light on Lees’ injury.

“Matty has had minor surgery [on his ankle] and has had that fixed. He will be out for a couple of months – somewhere between the 10 or 11 week mark and that is obviously a big loss for us.

“I was really happy with how Matty had started the season. I sung his praises on how hard he had worked on his body and how fit and physically prepared he was for the season and I thought he showed that over the first couple of rounds. It is unfortunate for us and for him that he is going to be out for a period of time, but what I do know about Matty is that he is extremely diligent and he will come back soon and hit the ground running again.”

However there is some good news on the return of Morgan Knowles with the boss revealing his thumb has now healed after surgery and he has returned to training with the squad ahead of joining in contact work in the coming weeks.

“Morgan had some really good news recently. His thumb has completely healed and is ready to go so he has started to do some training with the squad and in the next week or two he will start doing a little bit of contact.

“He is certainly not too far away from playing again for us.”

Woolf will name his 21 man squad for Friday’s clash with Leigh Centurions (6pm) on Wednesday at 12 noon.

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