Injury woe for Gardner
Saints winger out for at least six weeks
By James Mason. Last Updated: 09/02/10 2:59pm
Gardner: Out of action
St Helens have suffered a setback early into their engage Super League campaign following an injury to England winger Ade Gardner.
"It's normally two or three weeks if there's damage to a single rib but there's three or four apparently so it's not good for him."
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The 26-year-old was substituted in the defeat to Hull on Saturday and has since been ruled out of action for a minimum of six weeks due to multiple rib cartilage damage.
Gardner was the club's highest try scorer in 2006, 2007 and 2008 Super League seasons - and coach Mick Potter has admitted it could be a while before the winger is back in action.
He said: "It's normally two or three weeks if there's damage to a single rib but there's three or four apparently so it's not good for him.
"The doctor is saying optimistically it could be six weeks but it depends on the pain and he won't be able to do much training for three or four weeks.
Barrow-born Gardner joins centre Iosia Soliola on the injury list, with the centre damaging his ankle last Saturday.
However a positive for St Helens will be the return of Francis Meli. The winger missed the opening game of the campaign due to compassionate leave, but Potter confirmed he will be involved in the match against Bradford.
James Graham also adds a boost to the side after the prop has been cleared to face the Bulls after the sternum injury suffered turned out to be just bruising.