Hodgson set for spell out
Warrington Wolves will be without full-back Brett Hodgson for at least a fortnight after he was told he needs minor knee surgery.
The 35-year-old has missed only one game so far this year but limped out of the Wolves' 52-6 Challenge Cup win over Salford City Reds on Sunday and will now sit out Friday's Super League home game against Hull FC and the derby with St Helens at the Magic Weekend in Manchester.
"Brett's got some floating matter behind his knee that he'll need a tidy up on," Warrington coach Tony Smith said.
"It's a fairly minor situation for him but we'll miss him for the next couple of weeks."
Hodgson has led Warrington for the last three months in the absence of Adrian Morley but the England prop has now recovered from a ruptured bicep and will make his comeback this weekend.
Smith has yet to decide whether Morley's return will be against Hull or with partnership club Swinton in Sunday's Northern Rail Cup match against North Wales Crusaders but says the club captain will be given a say in the discussions.
"Not all players get that benefit but he's our captain and our senior player," Smith said.
"He's been out for three months which is a significant time and we want to do the right thing by him.
"He'll be in our 19 for the Hull game and, if he doesn't make the field on Friday night, then he'll play on Sunday."
Morley has said he is willing to play for Swinton, just as former captain Lee Briers did as part of his return from a lengthy injury lay-off a fortnight ago.
Briers, Warrington's longest-serving player, played a full game for the Lions in the Championship before returning as a substitute in Sunday's Cup win over Salford.
The injury to Hodgson is now set to pave the way for him to start against Hull, with Stefan Ratchford switching to full-back after deputising at stand-off in Briers' absence.
It has enabled Smith to avoid a selection dilemma while Briers admitted today that he feared he would struggle to win back his place in the side because of the form of Ratchford in tandem with Richie Myler.
"Even though people said we were struggling, our half-backs have not been struggling," Briers said. "Stef and Rich have been on fire.
"That was part of the process of me going to play for Swinton, to get myself fit and put my name back in the hat. Hopefully I've done enough."
Briers is now set to renew his partnership with Myler, who he believes is in the form of his life and should get the nod ahead of Castleford Tigers’ Rangi Chase as Kevin Sinfield's half-back partner for England against the Exiles next month.
"I think Rich has taken his game to a new level, although he's still a long way to go," Briers said.
"He is the best scrum-half in the country at the moment, both English and Australian, and he should be given the number seven shirt against the Exiles."