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Operation For Hodgson

30 October 2002

Gloucester Rugby

Operation For Hodgson

Fly-half Charlie Hodgson will have an operation this weekend that will effectively rule him out of the Autumn series of international matches.

Hodgson injured his knee playing against London Irish on October 5 and hasn’t played for the Sharks since. It had been hoped that the injury would heal without surgery, but despite some improvement in the condition,it was felt that surgery was the only effective answer.

Sharks’ coach Jim Mallinder said: "Fortunately, it is a pretty straight-forward procedure rather than major surgery so Charlie should be back in action within a month. He has missed our last three games, but apart from Friday’s Zurich Premiership meeting with Bristol Shoguns, he wouldn’t have been available anyway during the following three weeks because he would have been on England duty."

Hodgson said: "Obviously I am disappointed to have missed the last three games for the club and to be ruled out of the three internationals next month.

"But, if all goes according to plan, I should be back in training quite soon and, hopefully, will be back in time for our two games against Llanelli in the Heineken Cup in December.

"I damaged the knee when I was tackled by Justin Bishop just before Steve Hanley scored a try against London Irish. I got up and took the conversion but I think I was simply running on adrenalin.

"The surgery is more of a cleaning out job rather than anything else."