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August 15, 2014 11:46:59 UK
Brisbane Broncos’ Josh Hoffman is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a suspected broken leg.
The fullback was injured during the second half of the Broncos’ 42-16 defeat to South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Thursday. He is almost certain to miss the rest of the season, and the Kiwi international will most likely be ruled out of this year’s Four Nations tournament.
Hoffman, who spent three months out after breaking the same leg in 2011, could have played his final game for Brisbane, who are 1.33 to beat Newcastle Knights.
He is under contract until the end of next year, but his place in the squad for next year is uncertain as Anthony Milford is on his way to the Broncos and Darius Boyd has been strongly linked with the club.
I’ve got a family so I couldn’t ask for much more right now.
The 26-year-old said: “I felt something snap. It’s something similar to what I did against the Titans in 2011. Hopefully it’s nothing too bad. But we’ll wait and see what the scans say.”
Hoffman, who almost left Brisbane last year to join the Bulldogs, will be able to negotiate with rival clubs from 1st November.
Asked whether he believed he had played his last game for the Broncos, he said: “I know this isn’t the end of me. At this stage I’m here and that’s where I want to be and I’m in a good place and I’ve got a family so I couldn’t ask for much more right now.”
The Broncos, who are 1.91 conceding an 8.5-point start against the Knights, are now all-but out of contention to make the NRL finals after their defeat to the Rabbitohs.
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