St Helens have confirmed James Roby is set to undergo a shoulder operation but will be fit for the start of next season. Roby first sustained the injury in the clash against Wigan and has been struggling during the back end of the season.
Roby was also hampered during last week’s semi-final defeat against Warrington, and now the season is over, will hope to fix the issue once and for all.
Roby will miss England’s test series with New Zealand but Saints coach Justin Holbrook says he will be back in good time for next year.
“For the back half of the season he has been hanging on with his shoulder,” he said. “Last year and the first half of this year he was tremendous, particularly all his tackling in the middle.
“But the last six to eight weeks he has not been able to do weights.
“It is tough to defend in the middle of the field and have people running at him all the time, that is why we had to give him a few weeks off to try and get it right.
“He knew he needed surgery after the Wigan game – he copped a knock there and he stayed down. It is a six-to-12-week rehab time that he is facing. He will be fine for the start of the season.”