St Helens forward Jon Wilkin sidelined by brush injury

St Helens loose forward Jon Wilkin
Wilkin has been at St Helens since 2002

St Helens loose forward Jon Wilkin could be out for almost a month after a freak accident with a yard brush.

The 27-year-old was set to return from a calf injury suffered during training with England earlier this month.

Saints coach Royce Simmons said: "He was sweeping up and the broom snapped and ripped through his hand.

"He did not damage any tendon but he did damage a lot of nerves so will have to play with it heavily strapped. He's gone for another three to four weeks."

Wilkin revealed the injury on social networking site Twitter: "A brush snapped and went through my hand whilst sweeping up.

"Cheap brush did some damage had surgery on Thursday night... gutting."

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