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Mark Percival has been ruled out for "several months" after scans revealed he needs to have shoulder surgery.
 

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Date: Sunday, 16 February Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Venue: KCOM Stadium
Coverage: BBC local radio, BBC Sport website and app

Early Super League leaders Hull FC have been forced into four changes for the visit of St Helens on Sunday.

Albert Kelly and Chris Satae are banned, while Bureta Faraimo and Andre Savelio are out because of injuries.

Reigning champions St Helens are without England centre Mark Percival, who needs shoulder surgery and could be out of action for several months.

But England winger Tommy Makinson (shoulder) and prop Alex Walmsley (calf) are available to play.

Saints lost to Warrington last week and come up against a Hull FC team that have won their first two league games.
 

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Hull FC (6) 18
Tries: Tuimavave 2, Shaul Goals: Sneyd 3
St Helens (2) 32
Tries: Costello, Thompson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Bentley, Smith Goal: Makinson 6
St Helens scored five second-half tries to come from behind and inflict a first defeat of the season on Hull FC.

Despite the 2019 Grand Final winners' first-half dominance, they trailed 6-2 at the break courtesy of a converted Carlos Tuimavave try for the home side.

But, within 20 minutes of the restart, Matthew Costello, Luke Thompson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and James Bentley had gone over for Saints.


Aaron Smith added a fifth try, between replies from Tuimavave and Jamie Shaul.
 
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Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium Date: Saturday, 22 February Kick-off: 19:45 GMT Coverage: BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC local radio and live text coverage on the BBC Sport website

St Helens centre Mark Percival could play in their World Club Challenge match against Sydney Roosters despite being ruled out for "several months" with a shoulder injury last week.

Percival was set to have surgery but it has been put back to next week to allow him to feature in Saturday's game.
 

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Toronto 0
St Helens (20) 32
Tries: Lomax 2, Bentley, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Smith Goals: Makinson 6

St Helens stand-off Jonny Lomax ran in his first two Super League tries of the season as the reigning champions comfortably saw off Toronto Wolfpack.

Lomax's double sparked a five-try haul as Saints became the first side to beat the Canadian newcomers to nil in their short history.

James Bentley, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Aaron Smith crossed too before Wolfpack were reduced to 12 men.

Bodene Thompson was shown a red card for his shoulder charge on Matty Lees.