St Helens’ Theo Fages has been ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking his shoulder in the Challenge Cup Final win over Castleford at Wembley.
Fages initially suffered a minor shoulder injury a fortnight before the Challenge Cup final against Wigan Warrios, ruling him out of the game against Wakefield a week later.
He then unfortunately suffered a more serious injury during the 6th minute at Wembley and battled through the pain to see out the remaining 34 minutes of a tough first half against the Tigers.
Head Coach Kristian Woolf has shed some light on his injury and paid credit to Fages for his toughness, playing through the pain and scoring a try in the memorable Challenge Cup win.
“He picked up a minor shoulder injury in the Wigan game and that forced him to miss the win against Wakefield,” Woolf explained.
“We both were confident that he would play the Challenge Cup final and the rest of the season afterwards, but he suffered a new injury to the same shoulder in the 6th minute of the game at Wembley and it has turned out to be a much more significant injury that he wouldn’t have been able to play with.
“Obviously we had to pull him out after halftime and he has had to have subsequent surgery after that and unfortunately he will be out of for the rest of the season.”
Woolf couldn’t speak highly enough of the Frenchman as he tried to soldier on through the pain.
“You could see with some of his passes that he was suffering and he was trying to get through it but he didn’t want to let anyone down and it shows how much of a tough he is.
“To score a try and do what he did, I can’t speak highly enough of him and what the team means to him.”
The boss will talk to the media later this week in his weekly press conference ahead of Saints clash with Hull FC on Monday 2nd August at the KCOM Stadium.