Lomax blow for Saints
St Helens will be without utility back Jonny Lomax for another six weeks after he suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from injury at the weekend.
Lomax, who was in sparkling form in his new full-back role before sustaining a hamstring injury against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats five weeks ago, was on course to make his return in Saturday's Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth-round tie at Hull KR.
"Jonny won't be back for about another six weeks," Saints coach Nathan Brown told a news conference.
"He had some fluid leak into where his injury was, so it's a bit of a setback."
The injury blow is only the latest to hit Brown in his first season at Langtree Park.
Saints had seven regulars missing when they lost 22-12 at home to Catalan Dragons last Friday, although two of them, winger Ade Gardner and forward Tony Puletua, are set to return for the cup-tie.
Brown is refusing to dwell on his team's misfortune and believes Tom Makinson is adapting well to his switch from the wing to cover for Lomax's absence.
"It's the way it is," Brown said. "You move on, don't you? We've had our share of misfortune with the loss of key personnel.
"But it's no good talking about Jonny because he won't be playing, we need to be talking about the ones that are playing.
"Tommy Mac is a vastly different player to Jonny but he's improving.
"And we get two experienced blokes back this week. We needed a bit of experience to mix with the youth."
Meanwhile, Saints have confirmed general manager Mike Rush's promotion to chief executive.
Rush has spent the past 13 years with his home-town club, mostly in youth development, and spent most of last season in the role of caretaker coach following the departure of Royce Simmons.
"Mike is ideally qualified and suited for the position of chief executive," said St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus.
"He has extensive relevant experience in every area of the club's operations and has made a great success of all his roles over an extensive period."