St Helens coach Kristian Woolf says Agnatius Paasi is likely to face Warrington Wolves in the Betfred Super League on Thursday, but the game will come too soon for Mark Percival (St Helens 7/4 – Betfred Super League Grand Final Winner).

Paasi suffered a minor hamstring injury which caused him to miss Saints’ Challenge Cup semi-final win against Hull FC last week.

An outbreak of Covid-19 in the Leeds Rhinos camp meant their trip to Headingley was postponed on Friday, handing vital extra recovery time to their injured stars.

Now Woolf has confirmed that the forward, who joined St Helens from NRL side New Zealand Warriors is set to face Warrington in Thursday’s Super League encounter.

“Agnatius is looking really good in training. He just had a minor hamstring tear – which his first-ever one in his career,” he said.

“He has come through it really well and has done a lot of running and the week off has been beneficial for him. I would expect that he is going to play this week.”

However, England centre Percival is still at least a week away from returning to action.

The 27-year-old hasn’t played this season after undergoing surgery on a troublesome hamstring problem at the end of 2020.

Woolf says caution must be exercised given Percival’s history of hamstring issues.

“What we need to make sure is that we give him the time and the effort in terms of rehab and pre-hab in time we put into it, to try and bulletproof him as much as possible to make sure we don’t follow this line of being in for a few weeks and then out, and then the same again,” the Australian continued.

Saints will look to bounce back to the summit of the Super League table with a win against Warrington, though Wire are in decent form and a win for Steve Price’s side could see them go up to second (Warrington 6/1 – Betfred Super League Grand Final Winner).

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