South Sydney Rabbitohs has confirmed centre James Roberts has checked into a rehab facility for the third time and is currently undergoing treatment.
The Rabbitohs have confirmed a Courier-Mail report stating James Roberts had entered rehab leaving the former Origin star's immediate future in doubt.
The club said that they will "assist with and support his health” as the 27-year-old seeks treatment.
“On behalf of James and his family, we ask the media and the public to respect their privacy,” the Rabbitohs said in a statement.
“No further comment will be made by the Rabbitohs, James, his management or his family at this time.”
The Courier-Mail revealed that Roberts has been struggling during the coronavirus pandemic and had "gone off the rails".
Though it also stated that the centre had sought help by meeting with head coach Wayne Bennet and club officials.
Roberts has had previous battles with alcohol abuse and depression which he sought treatment for in 2016 and 2018.
“I’m still a work in progress,” he said in an interview with NRL.com in 2018.
“I’m always going to have problems in my life. It’s just a matter of dealing with them the right way.
“I have certain tools and methods I use when I feel like I’m feeling those kind of pressures. They are the stuff I learnt in Thailand (rehabilitation facility) and just by growing as a person.
“I’ve learnt to avoid certain things and talk about my problems with people I trust. It helps a lot.”
With the competition's resumption nearing on May 28, the club has accepted Roberts' situation and if healthy are expecting him to feature later on in the season.
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