Josh Hodgson could be forced to travel to Sydney on his own as the Raiders consider quarantining the hooker from his teammates ahead of their departure from Canberra on Wednesday morning.
Hodgson was a notable absentee from training on Tuesday morning, struggling with a stomach bug that forced him to withdraw from the session in front of 2000 fans in the nation’s capital.
There were mixed reports out of Canberra whether Hodgson had food poisoning or a virus, however the club will take no chances with the Englishman when they gather on Wednesday morning.
The Raiders will have to determine whether to allow Hodgson on the team bus or to send him on his own on a plane to Sydney to meet with his teammates when they arrive at their hotel.
Hodgson, who was at the centre of controversy last week when he stumbled after a tackle against South Sydney, was out with teammates at John Bateman’s birthday celebrations on Monday night.
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He messaged the Raiders at 4am on Tuesday morning to notify them that he was in no state to train, and was also missing for the official grand final team photo.
Hodgson is nominated for hooker of the year at Wednesday’s Dally M Medal night in Sydney, however the club is yet to decide whether he will attend.
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