Promising Wests Tigers halfback Robert Lui will be unable to train with the club when their pre-season training begins tomorrow, as a result of his pending court case.

Lui, who was charged with a staggering nine offences, including two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three of common assault, one of malicious damage, one of choking with intent to commit an indictable offence, one of detaining for advantage, and one of aggravated robbery, all on his pregnant partner Taleah.

The 20 year old will face court tomorrow week, and he plans to fight the charges vigorously in an attempt to clear his name.

As a result of his pending court case, Lui will have to train by himself in his own time, as the club wants no distractions in pre-season camp.

“Robbie won’t be back at training on Monday,” Wests Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys confirmed.

“We’ve stood Robbie down from official duties and all club-related duties so he can concentrate on his court appearance.

“I know Robbie has been looking after himself and training pretty hard on a personal level to keep himself fit, but he won’t be part of our training next week.”

Making his debut in 2009, the QLD born halfback has played in 20 games over the course of his career, and was one of the unheralded catalysts in the Tigers charge during the finals series.

Lui’s long-term future is up in the air however, as the Tigers wait for the court case to be complete, before making any decisions on his future.

“We’ll review the situation after the court matter on the 15th,” Humphreys said.

“That will be the first opportunity from when he was charged to understand in any kind of detail the evidence against him.

“I’ve spoken to Robbie and we’re trying to support him as best we can, as well as his partner Taleah.”

By ricky

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