HIGHAM OUT FOR THREE MONTHS

St Helens hooker Mick Higham is to miss Friday’s game & the next 3 months after it emerged that he suffered a broken ankle in the warm-up ahead of last Sunday’s Semi-Final

St Helens hooker Mick Higham is to miss Friday’s game and the next three months after it emerged that he suffered a broken ankle in the warm-up ahead of last Sunday’s Powergen Challenge Cup Semi-Final. The England A international played no part in the 46-6 win over Huddersfield Giants after picking up the injury preparing for Sunday’s game. X-rays have now revealed that Higham broke his ankle, and he will now be sidelined for up to three months. The news is a big blow for the hooker, who will now miss the Challenge Cup Final against Wigan Warriors next month as well as a chunk of the Tetley’s Rugby Super League campaign. Sunday’s game, though, did allow Saints scrum half Sean Long to put behind him his recent off-field worries, following betting allegations which are being investigated by the RFL. The Great Britain star produced a Man of the Match performance and admits: "I was just happy to get on the field. "I thought it was a good team performance. If we lost, all the tough games we played before that would have been for nothing." Long added that they now have to put the Challenge Cup out of their thoughts for the next fortnight, with Super League leaders Leeds visiting Knowsley Road on Friday. He said: "We’re really happy that we won, but now we can concentrate on the Super League for a couple of weeks." St Helens host Leeds Rhinos on Friday 30 April at Knowsley Road (8pm)