SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 13: James Roberts of the Rabbitohs looks dejected at fulltime during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Sydney Cricket Ground on September 13, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

James Roberts remains under an injury cloud heading into South Sydney's preliminary final against Canberra Friday night after Rabbitohs training, according to Fox Sports.

The Tuesday morning session at Redfern saw concerns raised when the 26-year-old trained away from the main group, apparently still not fully cleared to rejoin regular match practice as he nurses a thumb injury from last weekend's semi final win over Manly.

Several positional changes were observed in the simulation while Roberts conducted his session on the outside, notably including skipper Sam Burgess moving into the middle from the right flank.

Reports still indicate, however, that the 2018 NSW Origin player, nicknamed 'The Jet', is still every chance to reclaim his starting place come Friday night's encounter with the Raiders at GIO Stadium.

Talented young lock Cameron Murray also stayed clear of the main contact group at the morning session and remained with Roberts in a rehab pairing as he works his way back from a shoulder injury, with the duo getting through running drills as Wayne Bennett prepares to make his calls Tuesday evening.


  1. Roberts drinking hand thumb has him on the verge of pulling out of the preliminary final, so he will be fit for “Mad Monday”

  2. After every Mad Monday which lasts for a week Roberts then signs himself in like every year for his annual rehab treatment. Roberts is a Space Cadet.

  3. Superstar James Roberts will be fine and raring to go.
    Not a panzy like whinge boy Keary taking 3 weeks off for a headache.

  4. DonWest interesting you target 2 indigenous players here with accusations of alcoholism and in another topic Cody Walker with anti social accusations.
    Any wonder why your roosters are labelled the nrl rednecks?

  5. Interesting that it is true. Inglis and Roberts have openly admited their pitfall of alcohol, while Cody Walker is a dirty angry player.

    Sometimes the truth hurts. But at least in Inglis and Roberts case by admitting their addiction they are able to continuously fight to win against their personal demons.

    In Walkers case he has not been to anger management as such, simply because he is still in denial.

  6. Twityone……You have targeted indigenous people not me, I mentioned footballers not race. Dont mix your twisted thoughts in my comments.

  7. DonWesty not really. You did it previously under several different aliases which led to barring from here.
    Thought you might have learnt by now.
    Obviously a little rattled with Souths getting under your skin still in the mix.
    Gets worse in a few days.
    Wink Wink

  8. DonWesty when you say “is true” by saying “Roberts is Inglis rehab apprentice” and “Robert’s drinking hand thumb” how do you know this to be true?
    Please enlighten us all.

  9. DonWesty your comment on Cody Walker requiring anger management I presume is based on your professional qualifications in this area.
    Great, we have a psychiatrist amongst us.
    Shame your analytical capabilities doesn’t extend to good NRL tipping.

  10. It is based on observing his on field behavior which is appalling. Continuously screaming, pushing and abusing opposition players on field and on National television for all to see. Common sense is required by you however that is something that you lack TWITONE, being a one eyed Souths fanatic.

  11. TwittyONE is going into panic mode… his pinup boy Cameron Murray is in doubt with a busted shoulder.
    Anger management for you and Cody me thinks

  12. chookfeed you disappeared into hiding after R25 and then by half time in the semi 1 week later you were back in all blazing glory.
    Weaker than a wet tissue.

  13. Calling Inglis and Roberts alcoholics isnt racist, you fool Stephanie.

    They’re are both alcoholics and you can’t deny that.

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