UPDATE: Woolf provides further injury update on Lomax, Hopoate and Grace

Kristian Woolf has provided a further injury update on Jonny Lomax, Will Hopoate and Regan Grace ahead of Saints Betfred Challenge Cup Semi-Final against Wigan Warriors at Elland Road.

Story Updated: 03.05.22

Lomax left the field in the 27th minute in our win over Salford holding his wrist, whilst Hopoate picked up a knock but carried on until the end. Head Coach Kristian Woolf admitted he would need to get the pair scanned and he has shed further light on Lomax and Hopoate as well as Regan Grace ahead of Saturday’s big clash with our derby rivals.

Woolf told Saintsrlfc.com: “Jonny is coming along really well. We will figure how he is as the week goes on. He is the most disciplined person I have ever come across and will give himself the best possible chance to feature.

“We will wait and see and name our squad later in the week. If he plays he will be 100% and will have an impact on the game.”

On Hopoate, Woolf said: “Will Hopoate unfortunately won’t be involved. He hurt is hamstring again and it is a re-occurring one. He hurt it early on, but I think it is important I tell you what he did for us last weekend. When Jonny went off, we needed someone to hang out there for us and play tough. He played on one leg for us and couldn’t do what he wanted to do and he didn’t have the impact he wanted to have, but he was so tough and used his experience to get through it and we had no tries conceded on that side. I was really proud of his effort,” he continued.

“He has had really bad luck so far in his Saints career. He broke his ribs early and now his hamstring injuries. It is certainly not his fault. He has come over here fit and had a big pre season so he has just been unlucky – something he has not had over the last few years in the NRL. I know he is going to get back for us as soon as possible. We won’t make the same mistake and we will give him all the time he needs and he will have an impact for us at the end of the year.”

The boss also admitted Regan Grace has a chance to feature on Saturday too.

“Regan is a bit like Jonny. We will see how he progresses over the next few days and we will name a squad on Thursday.”

Woolf will name is 21 man squad on Thursday.

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