SAINTS scrum half Theo Fages' knee injury has responded well to treatment after being forced from the field in Sunday's win over Hull KR.

Fages hyper-extended his leg in the first half, leaving skipper James Roby to deputise for the remainder of the game at seven.

Although Saints have teen half Lewis Dodd on standby for Friday's clash with Huddersfield at Leeds, Saints boss Kristian Woolf expects the French international to play.

Woolf said: "It is really good news on Theo.

"He fell awkwardly and when you see that sort of hyper-extension injury you always think of the worst possibilities.

"He has been scanned and there is no structural damage there at all.

"He has pulled up really well after looking after it well over the last couple of days.

"He has a real chance of playing Friday, and I'd go as far as saying he is most likely to play as long as he continues to improve."

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Woolf explained that although Zeb Taia has a chance of playing against Huddersfield, the short turnaround makes it more "touch and go".

"We need to be careful that we are not exposing players to any undue risk at this time of year.

"We know we have plenty of season left and if there is a risk, where they could end up being longer term, then we won't take that risk.

"If that risk is minimal, then they will certainly take the field."

If Taia doesn't play, then Dom Peyroux - who played his first game back after lockdown - will slot in there."

Loose forward Morgan Knowles is fit again after being ill last week and he will play on Friday.