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James Roberts returns to Rabbitohs training after clearing coronavirus testing ahead of Roosters clash

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James Roberts has made a return to training with the Rabbitohs, placing him in contention for selection next week in his side's round three clash against rivals the Roosters.

Roberts' return comes just over a week since it was confirmed the embattled centre checked himself into a rehabilitation facility recently.

There were suggestions the former NSW Blues jet could be forced into a 14-day quarantine as a result, placing doubts over his availability for Wayne Bennett's side ahead of the NRL's return from the coronavirus stand down next week.

However, teammate Damien Cook told Triple M's 'Saturday Scrum' Roberts was tested and cleared for coronavirus, enabling him to return to the Rabbitohs' Redfern base on Saturday morning.

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“He was back at training today and it was great to have him back,” Cook said.

“He had a big smile on his face and is happy to be back around the boys.

“I think he got tested yesterday and obviously all good that’s why he was there today and had the footy back in his hands and was happy to be playing some footy.

“That’s all we wanted for James to take as much time as he needed and when he was ready to come back we were waiting for him, so we are happy to have him there.”

It's a huge boost to Bennett's 1-1 Rabbitohs ahead of what will be a crucial clash against the premiers, in which they will be without star playmaker Cody Walker, who was issued a two-match ban by the NRL on Friday.

Walker was handed a breach notice for bringing the game into disrepute over his alleged involvement in a street fight back in December, after footage of Walker kicking a man emerged online on Monday.

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