St Helens have been handed an injury boost ahead of Friday’s encounter with Leigh Leopards.

The Saints welcome back captain James Roby and prop Agnatius Passi for the clash at Leigh Sports Village.

The pair picked up injuries in the World Club Challenge win against Penrith Panthers.

St Helens will be without Sione Mata’utia, Curtis Sironen and Konrad Hurrell, who are all suspended.

Head coach, Paul Wellens opted against appealing the suspensions after the trio were banned by the Match Review Panel.

Speaking on Roby and Passi’s potential returns, Wellens said:

“I don’t need to sit here and talk about James’ impact on this team.

“But Agnatius has been one of the most underrated forwards in the competition for the last 18 months and it’ll be good to have him back if he’s fit.”

Leigh Leopards currently sit eighth in the Super League table and will be looking to build on their win away to Hull KR.

Meanwhile, St Helens are a couple of places ahead of their opponents. They will be looking for a reaction after their narrow defeat to Leeds Rhinos.

They will be looking to kickstart their season as they go in search of a fifth straight Super League crown.

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