Roby out for ‘a few weeks’

James Roby
James Roby

HOOKER James Roby, who only missed one of Saints 34 games last season, is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks, coach Royce Simmons has confirmed.

The 26-year-old hooker limped out of Sunday’s 17-16 defeat against Huddersfield Giants at the Galpharm Stadium just before the half hour mark suffering from what Simmons initially described as ‘a nasty leg muscle injury.’

He was involved in a shuddering collision with Giants’ winger Jermaine McGillvary and despite playing on for a couple of minutes was eventually forced to hobble off to be replaced by Kiwi Lance Hohaia.

But Roby isn’t the type of player to cry wolf easily as he showed when he continued playing week-in and week-out after suffering an eye socket injury in the 42-16 home victory over Leeds Rhinos in June and his absence could be shorter than anticipated.

Simmons said before the result of the scan had been revealed: “It doesn’t look too good at this stage but we won’t know anything definite until the result of the scan is revealed.

“However, James isn’t the kind of players who comes off the pitch easily so I feel we will find some kind of problem.”