A matter of hours after his new long-term contract was announced, St Helens have confirmed that centre Mark Percival is set for “several months” on the sidelines.

Percival suffered sternum and shoulder injuries in the defeat to Warrington and scans have revealed that the England international requires surgery to correct the issue in his shoulder.

However, Saints boss Kristian Woolf is hopeful of welcoming Tommy Makinson, Alex Walmsley, Morgan Knowles and Kyle Amor back for Sunday’s clash with Hull FC on Sunday.