St Helens (7/4 Fav – Grand Final Winner) head coach Kristian Woolf has confirmed Mark Percival will miss between two and four weeks after sustaining a muscle strain.

Saints have enjoyed a fine return to action in the Betfred Super League this month, winning three successive games, but it has been a frustrating period for Percival.

The centre recovered from shoulder and sternum injuries during lockdown to make himself available for the 34-6 victory over Catalans Dragons (8/1 – Grand Final Winner) on August 2.

Percvial missed the following game, a 48-0 thrashing of Leeds Rhinos on August 9, with a tight hamstring but was back in the starting lineup as Saints won 10-0 against Castleford (12/1 – Grand Final Winner) on Sunday.

However, the 26-year-old was withdrawn in the first half of that clash against the Tigers and Woolf has confirmed the England international is struggling with a minor muscle strain.

He told Saints’ official website: “He has a minor strain. It is only going to be somewhere around two to four weeks, and we will obviously give it every bit of time it needs because he needs to play as much as he can for us this year.”

Percival is now set for at least two weeks on the sidelines and will be unavailable for the meeting with Hull KR on August 30, while he is rated doubtful for the fixture with Huddersfield Giants the following week.

However, there is some positive injury news for Woolf with both Dom Peyroux and Joseph Paulo, who are yet to feature since Super League’s resumption, understood to be closing in on a return.

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