Roby faces 10 week injury lay-off

James Roby
James Roby

SAINTS’ hooker James Roby was yesterday seeking a second medical opinion on the extent of an ankle injury which he sustained in the first half of Friday’s 52-18 victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at Langtree Park.

The outcome will determine how long the 27-year-old England international will be out of action but Saints fear it could be anything up to 10 weeks.

“It’s a body blow to lose a player of James’s calibre and stature but injuries are part and parcel of the game and we will just have to get on with it,” said head coach Nathan Brown.

“He will definitely be absent for an extended period of time but we don’t know how long it will be at this stage.

“It could be a month, or up to 10 weeks, but it depends on what the surgeon says.”

Saints will be looking at options in training this week but it seems likely that the versatile Lance Hohaia, who switched from stand-off to hooker when Roby failed to return for the second half of Friday’s game, will step into the breach.

“Ideally, we don’t want to move Lance but maybe it will be the best solution to our problem.”

Loose forward Anthony Walker will also be marked absent from this Friday’s home game against rock bottom Salford City Reds after picking up an injury against Trinity which could take two to four weeks to mend.

But Brown confirmed that club captain Paul Wellens, who has been sidelined for four matches suffering from a calf problem, will return to the squad along with last week’s absentees, Ade Gardner and Tony Puletua.

l SALFORD will arrive at Langtree Park under the leadership of Rainford-based businessman and racehorse owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

The head of global executive training company, EuroMaTech, he has pumped millions into the club in the hope of establishing the City Reds as one of the Super League giants and one of his first acts was to sack head coach Phil Veivers, the former long-serving Knowsley Road full back.

Saints’ boss Nathan Brown said: “While I don’t want to see a coach sacked, anyone who has a desire and a dream like Dr Koukash and can back it up financially will only be good for the game.

“He is known throughout the world over his passion for horse racing and if he can bring the same passion to rugby league then our sport can only benefit from it.”