SAINTS have confirmed that second row James Bentley has broken his leg and suffered damage to his ankle and will be out for a lengthy period.

Bentley was carried off in agony in the closing stages of Saints’ victory over Leigh on Friday.

His terrier like displays were a big part of Saints winning the Grand Final last year and he will be a huge loss – although Kristian Woolf expects him back before the end of season.

Woolf said: “Obviously it is not good news. He does have a break in his leg and there is a bit of damage to his ankle as well.

“It is a complicated one and he is going to go in for surgery later this week and he will be out for an extended period of time.

“We don’t know the full extent of how long he will be out for just yet.

“It won’t be season ending, but it will be extensive and once he gets that surgery performed, we will know the exact time frames in terms of when he will come back to play.

“James is a real respected member of our team and has been a massive part of our team and success over the last few years, especially in the back end of last year.

“He is a player who gives his all every week and he is going to be missed. We hope his surgery goes well and we wish him a speedy recovery. We look forward to having him back with us later in the year.”