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Force lose Hodgson for a month
ESPNscrum Staff
April 4, 2011
Western Force flanker Matt Hodgson suffering from a shoulder injury, Western Force v Melbourne Rebels, Super Rugby, Perth Oval, Perth, Australia, 02 April, 2011
Matt Hodgson in pain after suffering a shoulder injury against the Rebels © Getty Images
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Western Force flanker Matt Hodgson will be out for up to a month with a shoulder injury, but fears that he may require surgery have been allayed.

The 29-year-old injured his left shoulder during the Force's 26-15 defeat to the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday and scans revealed damage to his AC joint.

Hodgson will miss matches against the Waratahs, Brumbies and Bulls, but coach Richard Graham is hopeful he will return in time for their clash with the Crusaders on April 30.

"Obviously it is disappointing to lose a player of Matt's quality for any period of time however this is probably one of the better case scenarios we could have hoped for after seeing the injury unfold on the weekend," he said.

"He will have an opportunity to return to Super Rugby around the week of the Crusaders match. Matt is the ultimate professional in the way he goes about preparing for games and I have no doubt that he'll give the same dedication to getting back onto the field as soon as possible."

Despite Graham's optimism, Hodgson's injury is another blow for the Force, who are currently bottom of the Australian conference and have already lost Wallabies flanker David Pocock to a knee injury.

Hodgson's absence may create an opportunity for openside Jono Jenkins, who impressed in the Force 'A' game against the Rebels Rising last Saturday, while Tevita Metuisela has made an impace from the bench in four Super Rugby appearances this season.

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