Matt Lodge is confident he will feature for Brisbane this NRL season despite scans confirming on Wednesday a partial ACL tear for the key Broncos' forward.
The prop will attempt to rehabilitate the injury rather than go under the knife, potentially allowing a return, despite initial fears the knee injury might have ruled him out for the season.
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He still faces potentially months on the sidelines but the news comes as a relief for Lodge, who had feared the worst after hitting the deck on Tuesday at training.
Lodge relieved to receive ‘some good news’
"I have had experience with this type of injury in the past with a positive outcome," he said.
"Yesterday was unfortunate but I received some good news today ... I am lucky, I will get straight into my rehab immediately and will do everything I can to get back on the field as soon as possible.
"Nothing is certain with knee injuries, but I am confident I can get back on the field in 2020."
It's a positive development for the club. Lodge's form surge last year had him touted as a NSW State of Origin bolter, while he was also promoted this season to the club's leadership group.
Lodge’s absence will be a big blow for a Broncos side looking to bounce back from last season's finals flogging from the Eels given the prop has emerged as one of the NRL club's most important players.
Lodge's injury continues a worrying trend of serious pre-season knee injuries, with fellow NRL stars Ryan James, Bunty Afoa and Billy Smith all set for extended spells on the sidelines.
This is getting quite unbelievable. 12 ACL injuries in the NRL for the entirety of 2019; now likely 4 suffered at training in 2020 (Billy Smith, Ryan James, Bunty Afoa, Matt Lodge*) before a trial has been played.— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) February 19, 2020