Hull KR: Injury forces Josh Hodgson out of England Knights squad
HULL KR's player of the season Josh Hodgson will miss out on representing England Knights later this month because of a fractured foot.
The Robins star, who swept the board of individual awards at the club's end-of-season dinner, was a certainty to be named in the Knights squad to face Ireland in Belfast on October 19.
But the 22-year-old, who has been coaching local amateur side Skirlaugh and suffered the injury in training, ruling him out of action for six weeks.
"Josh was training the amateur team and went over his foot," Rovers coach Craig Sandercock told the Mail.
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"He picked up a small fracture and will be out for between four to six weeks.
"That will rule him out of the Knights game against Ireland and it's a big blow for Josh as he had a great season for us.
"The good news is that Josh should be ready for the start of our pre-season on November 5."
Hodgson was an outstanding player for the Knights against the Irish in June.
He was then promoted to England's first team for their second International Origin game against the Exiles and was 18th man.
"I keep telling coach Steve McNamara that Josh is the perfect player to play representative rugby because he can play in so many different positions," Sandercock added.
ROVERS remain in negotiations with Wigan over the transfer of prop Scott Taylor.
The Mail understands a deal has been agreed in principal, but negotiations continue over the value of the deal, with KR keen to bring players to Craven Park. But full-back Matty Russell has signed a deal with NRL club Gold Coast Titans.