Roby nearing a return for Saints

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St Helens hooker James Roby is poised to return to action next week after two months out with an ankle injury.

The England international has been sorely missed by Saints, who are a lowly - by their standards - eighth in Super League.

The 27-year-old’s hopes of returning in last weekend’s Magic Weekend clash against Warrington in Manchester were put on hold due to illness but he should now feature at Huddersfield on Monday.

Coach Nathan Brown said: “The injury is fine. He could have played last week but for a virus.

“We’ve gone through a lot pain in the past seven or eight weeks and it wasn’t worth the risk.

“You’ve arguably got your best player fit again, you don’t want to put him in a situation where you are opening him up for more injury.

“But he’s been training and as you’d expect the team looks better with him in there.

“He is one of the best players in the world in an important position, so when you don’t have him other people do suffer.