St Helens centre Michael Shenton is aiming to return to training in time for the start of his club’s pre-season training programme.
Shenton dislocated his elbow during Saints’ defeat to Leeds in the Grand Final last month and it was feared the bone would have to be pinned, which would have meant him missing the start of next season.
However, he will be fit for pre-season and will hope to be involved in his club’s push for honours, with Saints now 7/2 with bet365 to win next year’s Grand Final.
“It is coming on and is not too bad. It is the best I could have hoped for really. They popped it back in and a couple of days later I saw the consultant who went through the small details and told me there was no fracture,” said Shenton.
“It is out of the sling now and it is just a case of building the strength back up really. It is a massively important joint and you can’t do anything without your elbow. But I can start training now – running and can also lift light weights.”