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St Helens suffer Lomax blow

St Helens full-back Jonny Lomax has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Lomax limped off during the second half of Saturday's 42-0 defeat by Catalan Dragons in Perpignan and has been told he needs an operation.

That will remove any chance the 23-year-old had of making England's end-of-season tour down under for the Four Nations Series.

He was included in England coach Steve McNamara's 34-man squad for a mid-season training camp in Loughborough at the weekend, which he was forced to miss.

Saints coach Nathan Brown said: "This is obviously a blow to the team but more importantly to Jonny. He has been in great form and has settled well into the full-back position.

"He will now begin his road to recovery led by our medical staff and we wish him well.

"Jonny has a strong character and we're sure he will come back and prove once again to be a pivotal player for us."

Lomax, who inherited the number one jersey from Paul Wellens at the start of the season, was making his first appearance since recovering from a minor knee injury which forced him to miss Saints' recent wins over Huddersfield and Salford.

Wellens, who has started matches at loose forward and in both half-back spots so far this season, is set to revert to his old full-back role for St Helens' home game against Castleford on Sunday.