7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Hodgson sustained the injury against London Irish on October 5.
'I damaged the knee when I was tackled by Justin Bishop, just before Steve Hanley scored a try against London Irish. I got up and took the conversion, but I think that I was simply running on adrenaline.'
Despite treatment, the injury has not responded and has been forced to see a specialist to determine the extent of the injury.
As a result of medical advice it was decided that an operation would take place next weekend (November 2).
The enforced absence of Hodgson is a major setback for the PARKER PEN SHIELD holders, who have made a poor start to their debut Heineken Cup campaign, a 18-24 defeat in Round 1 at home to Bourgoin was followed by a 26-14 defeat at Glasgow Rugby in Round 2.
Hodgson will be desperate to return to fitness in time for Sale's make-or-break Heineken Cup Round 3 battle against Llanelli at Heywood Road on December 6.
Hodgson said. 'If all goes according to plan, I should be back in training quite soon.
'Hopefully I will be back in time for our two Heineken Cup games against Llanelli in December.'
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