St Helens (15/8 fav – Grand Final Winner) head coach Kristian Woolf has confirmed that James Bentley requires surgery for the injury he sustained against Leigh Centurions on Friday. 

Saints (6/4 fav – Regular Season Winner) maintained their perfect start to the 2021 Betfred Super League campaign on Friday when defeating newly-promoted Leigh 22-12.

However, that triumph came at a cost after Bentley was stretchered off in the latter stages and Woolf has revealed that the forward needs to go under the knife.

Woolf told saintsrlfc.com: “Obviously it is not good news. He does have a break in his leg and there is a bit of damage to his ankle as well. It is a complicated one and he is going to go in for surgery later this week and he will be out for an extended period of time.

“We don’t know the full extent of how long he will be out for just yet. It won’t be season ending, but it will be extensive and once he gets that surgery performed, we will know the exact time frames in terms of when he will come back to play.”

Saints’ next outing comes on Friday when they take on Huddersfield Giants in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.

They return to Betfred Super League action on May 17th against Salford Red Devils, who have only won one of their opening five games.

It’s not all bad news for the league leaders, though, after the club announced that winger Regan Grace has extended his stay until at least the end of the 2022 Betfred Super League season.

The Welshman made his debut in 2017 and has scored 70 tries in 116 appearances.

Grace told Saints’ official website: “I am buzzing to sign on for another year on top of my current deal. I am excited to see what we can achieve both this season and next.”

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St Helens (15/8 fav – Grand Final Winner) head coach Kristian Woolf has confirmed that James Bentley requires surgery for the injury he sustained against Leigh Centurions on Friday.  Saints (6/4 fav – Regular Season Winner) maintained their perfect start to the 2021 Betfred Super League campaign on Friday when...