SAINTS expect to have a trio of players back for Sunday’s tough trip to Hull FC as they look to bounce back from last week’s loss at Warrington.

Test wing Tommy Makinson and Welsh international loose forward Morgan Knowles are due back after both having recovered from off-season shoulder surgery.

And Kyle Amor, who damaged a shoulder in pre-season training, is fit and available and looking to nudge his way back into the reckoning.

Alex Walmsley is back in training, after being a late withdrawal from the Warrington game, but coach Kristian Woolf says he will not be risked if there is a chance of aggravating the injury.

Woolf said: “They are three very good players. Kyle is experienced and smart as a player and has worked really hard during the pre-season.

“He was disappointed to cop an injury at the back end of the pre-season that did not let him push for a spot in round.

“Morgan Knowles has shown what he is capable of last year. Both he and Tommy are outstanding players that need to be in a 17 when they are fit.

“They deserve a lot of credit for putting themselves in a position to play so early in the season off the back the surgery they have had. They have worked so hard over the off-season and into the pre-season to give themselves that opportunity.”

Mark Percival joins Lachlan Coote and James Roby on the sidelines.

Thursday was a tough step up for Super League Young Player of the Year Matty Lees – in what is only his second Super League game since sustaining that horrific perforated bowel injury last August.

He had come off the bench the previous week, but on Thursday’s was straight into the heat of the battle.

Woolf said: “With where we were at there with a couple of the other guys not available for Warrington – and then Al having to pull out just before the game, we had to figure things out on the run.

“We thought it was best to give Matty a start. He tried really hard – there is no doubt about that. There are things he can do better in his game – but he tried really hard.

“He is going to continue to grow and he has a lot of things there that will make him a really good footy player.”

Having looked at a number of areas arising from the Warrington game, the focus now switched to Hull who started the season off with a big win at Leeds and a derby triumph.

“What we need to do now is worry about making sure we come up with a really good performance this weekend.

“Hull will be a challenge as they are travelling really well and have played really well in the first two rounds. They have recruited really powerfully but we are going to have to front up for a really big challenge on Sunday,” Woolf said.