Saints coach Simmons backs Ade Gardner for early return

Ade Gardner
Gardner has eight tries in his 15 Super League appearances this season

St Helens coach Royce Simmons is backing winger Ade Gardner to make an early return after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon.

The 27-year-old suffered the injury during Friday's 28-12 victory over the Crusaders at the Stobart Stadium.

"The operation went well and he's up for a few hard months of rehab," Simmons told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"It's between four to five months before he can play - hopefully he'll be back for the last part of the season."

Simmons added: "The medical staff have done well and had him in and operated on Sunday, so we've moved as quickly as we could to get him back on the park."