Ben Barba relief after injury in St Helens' Super League win over Salford
By Press Association
Last Updated: 27/04/18 10:51am
St Helens full-back Ben Barba has been cleared of serious injury after being taken to hospital in a neck brace.
The Australian scored a first Super League hat-trick, taking him clear at the top of the chart with 15 tries in 13 matches.
But he fell awkwardly in a tackle eight minutes from the end of the leaders' 60-10 win over Salford on Thursday evening.
Barba was treated on the pitch before being carried off on a stretcher. With England prop Alex Walmsley sidelined with a fractured bone in his neck, Barba's injury would have been a huge concern.
But a St Helens spokesman on Friday morning said: "We are pleased to report that Ben was cleared of any serious injury last night after being seen in hospital.
"He will be assessed by our medical team this morning and we will issue an update later in the day."
Barba, who joined Saints towards the end of last season, he underlined his status as front-runner for the Man of Steel award with another fine display at the AJ Bell Stadium before his injury.