SAINTS will name their 21-man squad for Sunday’s Channel 4 televised home game with Castleford (1pm) at noon today.

We already know that Regan Grace will be out after sustaining a season ending ruptured Achilles and that Curtis Sironen is very doubtful (bicep).

Will Hopoate and Mark Percival are still sidelined with injury, alongside long-term casualty Lewis Dodd, while Sione Mata’utia serves the final game of his three-match ban for picking up an opponent.

The good news is that wing Tommy Makinson returns from a four-match injury absence – and he will slot back on to the flank spot.

With Sironen likely to be absent, Saints have recalled second row Sam Royle from loan at Hull KR where he has impressed in three games.

All that considered, unless coach Kristian Woolf believes a more radical shake up is needed after last week’s hiding at Salford, Saints could simply swap Makinson for Grace and Royle for Sironen in the 17 man.

The coach can either stack one edge with experience and have Konrad Hurrell playing inside Makinson, leaving youngsters Ben Davies and Jon Bennison on the other flank, or mix them up.

Pack wise Royle can come straight in for Sironen, or more likely the energetic and enthusiastic James Bell could get a start in the second row.

Assuming no radical changes, the 17 would be: Welsby; Makinson, Hurrell, Davies, Bennison; Lomax, Roby; Walmsley, Lussick, Lees, Batchelor, Bell, Knowles. Subs: Wingfield, Paasi, LMS, Royle.

Alternatively, Woolf could decide that he needs to get Jack Welsby back into the halves with Jonny Lomax – and skipper James Roby back to nine. This will happen anyway when Will Hopoate returns within the next fortnight.q In that case, could we see Danny Hill come into the mix given he has been included in the 21 for a run of games. If he were included, either or Bennison could slot in at full back allowing Welsby to move into stand off and Roby to nine.

So if that were the case would mean a team of: Hill/Bennison; Hill/Bennison, Hurrell, Davies, Makinson; Welsby, Lomax; Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Batchelor, Bell, Knowles. Subs: Lussick, Paasi, LMS, Wingfield.