Kristian Woolf is confident of being able to name a St Helens side that he considers close to full strength on Monday night, despite being short of players.
Saints are preparing themselves for the long journey down the M62 next week as they take on Hull FC at the MKM Stadium in what will be their first game since lifting the Challenge Cup.
Positive coronavirus cases were found within the Saints camp in the days following that Wembley win but a number of first-team players have now completed their isolation periods and they’ll be ready for action against the Black and Whites, who were beaten by Leeds Rhinos on Thursday night.
Woolf will still be low on numbers and he doesn’t expect to be able to name a full 21-man squad for the contest.
However, he has faith in the group of players at his disposal to see off Brett Hodgson’s side in East Yorkshire and pick up the result needed to apply pressure on league leaders Catalans Dragons.
“I am confident that we will name a side that is not full strength but not far off,” the St Helens chief said.
“There are a couple of guys in there within the top 17 who have been affected and a couple who are on the fringes of the 17.
“We will still come up with a strong, competitive side that we will have a lot of confidence in.
“It is not going to be strongest side but one we are comfortable with it.
“We might be in a position where we might be only able to name 19 or 20 players but we are going to have a strong 17, but we may have only 19 or 20 due to the impact of Covid and injuries.”