The Canberra Raiders have been hit by the news that Josh Hodgson looks to have played his last game for the club after suffering a season-ending knee injury.
The Raiders are priced at 13/10 to finish in the top eight of the NRL in the 2022 season but will now have to get there without the hooker following the disappointing news on Monday.
Hodgson suffered a knee injury in the round-one win over the Sharks but it looked to be nothing serious and he returned to training last week.
However a deeper issue has now been discovered and the club have decided that a knee reconstruction is required that will keep him out for the season.
The Raiders club doctor, Dr Greg Macleod has confirmed the bad news and says an operation is the best way forward.
“Josh’s knee injury sustained in round one was a minor injury, however his return to training has since uncovered some instability in his knee which appears to have caused his current injury,” Dr. Macleod said.
“After further scans and diagnosis, the decision has been made that it’s the club’s duty of care to Josh for him to have an ACL reconstruction due to a partial tear in his ACL and associated injuries.”
The Englishman is off contract at the end of the season and it now looks as though he has played his last game for the green machine. Hodgson is devastated but has vowed to do all he can to support the club during his rehabilitation.
“I’ve really found a home away from home here in Canberra and I absolutely love the place. It means as much to me as my hometown club and I’ll be forever grateful to call myself Raider number #325.” he said.
“I’m gutted to go out like this, but I’ll be doing everything I can to support the boys before I leave at the end of the year."