Hodgson facing lay-off

Sale kicker to miss opening fixtures

Last Updated: 06/08/10 9:23am

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Hodgson: Niggling injury

Hodgson: Niggling injury

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Sale fly-half Charlie Hodgson is expected to miss the first month of the new season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

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The England international has started his rehabilitation, with his club saying the operation was "a complete success."

Hodgson, who impressed for his country during the summer tour to Australia and New Zealand, went under the knife on specialist's advice after his shoulder had been causing him discomfort for some time.

Sale, under the guidance of new head coach Mike Brewer, begin their Aviva Premiership campaign at home to Newcastle on September 3.

They also face league fixtures in September against Saracens, Harlequins and Bath.

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