James Roby: St Helens hooker 'out for extended period'

St Helens coach Nathan Brown has confirmed that England hooker James Roby will be out of action for "an extended period" with an ankle injury.

Roby, 27, was forced off during the 52-18 win against Wakefield on Friday.

"It is more than likely he will be out for a month and maybe as long as 10 weeks," Brown told the club website. 

I wouldn't want to move our half-backs around but maybe that is the best option

Nathan Brown St Helens coach

But there is more positive injury news for captain Paul Wellens and forward Tony Puletua, who may return for Friday's Super League game at Salford.

Wellens has not played since the middle of February because of a calf problem.

Roby, who won the Man of Steel award in 2007 and was nominated again at the end of last season, has been an extremely influential figure for Saints in recent years.

England coach Steve McNamara, who named Roby in his elite training squad ahead of this year's World Cup earlier this month, will also be anxious for the player to make a swift return to fitness.

Brown continued: "It is definitely something we didn't want to happen but we will move on, move someone in there and that will give them the opportunity to do well for the team. I'm sure they will.

"We will look at the best options and see how we go later in the week. I wouldn't want to move our half-backs around but maybe that is the best option."