Rowan Marshall will miss the start of the 2021 season, with scans yesterday revealing the early signs of a stress injury in his foot.

The 25-year-old will be off-legs for the next month, before gradually resuming training as his recovery continues.

“To have this happen right before the season is obviously disappointing given Rowan is such an important player in our squad,” Saints Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean said.

Fortunately, we identified the injury very early, Rowan is not in any pain and there’s no fracture to the bone which is a good result.

- Simon Lethlean

“These types of injuries are ones that you just need to monitor and take your time with, so we’ll work closely with Rowan to make sure it continues improve so that he can return as soon as possible early in the season.”

Marshall joins Jarryn Geary (fractured fibula), Zak Jones (hamstring), and Ryan Byrnes (hamstring) on the Saints’ injury list.

“Overall, the majority of our list is very fit and healthy and focused on preparing themselves to be ready to go in round one.”

Ryan Byrnes Hamstring 8 weeks
Jarryn Geary Leg 5-6 weeks
Zak Jones Hamstring 3 weeks
Rowan Marshall Foot TBC
Updated: Wednesday, February 17