Further injury woe for Roby

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7th July 2013

England hooker James Roby is facing the prospect of another lengthy injury lay-off after damaging ankle ligaments in St Helens' 40-24 Super League win at Castleford Tigers.

The 27-year-old was out for two-and-a-half months earlier this year after injuring an ankle against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in March and Saints coach Nathan Brown now fears Roby could be absent for a similar length of time after damaging his other ankle after 17 minutes of today's match.

"He's not so flush," Brown said. "They feel he may have done the exact same injury on the other foot, which is not great.

"The trendy word for it is syndesmosis. He's tested positive for two signs of it so it's not 100 per cent but he's certainly not going to be good because James Roby doesn't come off. He's a tough kid.

"If it is the same injury, it's a 10-weeker."

England coach Steve McNamara will be anxiously awaiting news of the injury when he arrives back tomorrow from his three-week fact-finding trip to Australia.

Roby went straight into the England team for the game against the Exiles last month, just two games into his comeback for Saints, and could now be sidelined until the middle of September, just six weeks before the opening World Cup match.

The injury took some of the gloss off Saints' backs-to-the-wall victory at the Wish Communications Stadium, where they trailed 10-0 after 18 minutes.

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