SAINTS half back Jonny Lomax is still very much in the World Cup plans of England boss Shaun Wane despite currently playing with a ruptured bicep.

Lomax joined Mark Percival and Morgan Knowles in sitting out Saturday's England international against with what the club describe as "minor injuries" - but all three will be in the frame to play in the tournament opener against Samoa in October.

Doubts had been cast over Lomax - who has been playing tough since sustaining that arm injury against Salford.

He has defiantly continued to play - not missing a Saints game since - and dispelling initial fears that his season would be over.

Lomax, who played in England's narrow World Cup defeat in 2017, is a player Wane wants on the field for the autumn showpiece.  

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The England boss said: "I would rather him not have a ruptured bicep but if anyone can cope with that then Jonny can.

"He is very mentally strong and I know the staff at St Helens will look after him and I am sure he will be good and ready for the World Cup at the end of the year."

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Having seen him play since sustaining the injury, Wane remains convinced that even with that Lomax can make a telling contribution.

"Jonny still does a lot of good things, his desire to win and his competitive nature and his skill – everything is still there with Jonny.

"I rate him very highly."