SAINTS will be without wingman Tommy Makinson for a run of games after picking up a Plantar Fascia injury in Sunday's game at London.

The experienced flankman does not require surgery, but it is anticipated that he will be sidelined for between four-to-six weeks.

In his place, Saints have the option of Jon Bennison, who was 18th man last week, or Tee Ritson.

Coach Paul Wellens said: "Tommy has got a bit of a Plantar Fascia problem similar to the one he had a few years ago, so it's probably looking like four to six weeks.

"It is unfortunate, obviously, but it is what it is and we just have to have to adapt.

"Tommy is one of our best players but and one of the best wingers in the competition but what it will do is give an opportunity to somebody else.

"We have handled a bit of adversity really well in recent week and we are going to have to do the same again in Tommy’s absence.

"It is just about giving it time for it to obviously heal so that is why the timeframe is four-to-six weeks.

"We can’t be too specific on the time frame on that because the nature of the Plantar Fascia injury is just little complicated.

"When we say four-to-six weeks, we're hoping it's more likely four but we’ll just have to wait and see."

Wellens explained that the nature of the injury made it slightly more complicated that a clean rupture.

"There's three strands of muscle and one of those is torn but not completely ruptured.

"Weirdly enough if it was completely ruptured that would have been easier to manage.

"That's not the case with Tommy so we have to respect it and give it the right amount of time to heal properly," he said.