Matty Lees of St Helens. Image: Lewis Storey/Getty Images
The 24-year-old prop forward was handed a one match penalty point by the RL Disciplinary Panel on Monday after being found guilty of a Grade A high tackle against the Catalans Dragons at the weekend.
It is a unwanted body blow to head coach Kristian Woolf and yet another Saints’ player picking up a suspension from the judiciary this season.
Just one point now separates St Helens and Wigan Warriors at the top of the table ahead of derby.
Saints boss Kristian Woolf expects to have Konrad Hurrell, who missed the trip to the south of France through illness, and injury victim Will Hopoate back for the Magic Weekend clash with Wigan and will check on the fitness of Tommy Makinson, who was withdrawn part way through the first half suffering from a hamstring problem.
“It tightened up so we had to get him off quickly but I don’t think it is a tear or anything bad,” said Woolf.