Josh Hodgson has been ruled fit to play in Canberra’s elimination semi-final against Penrith on Saturday.
Both stand-off Blake Austin and Hodgson will take their place on the field for the game after both were cleared to take on the Panthers following the team’s final training session.
Hodgson said his recovery from an ankle injury had been better than expected and praised the Raiders medical staff for their efforts to get him on the field.
The Englishman was forced from the field in the defeat to Cronulla last weekend.
“I am a bit surprised, but at the same time excited,” the hooker told the Raider’s website.
“The physios have been fantastic and sorted me out straight away once it happened.
“I spent three full days in the physio room getting the bruising and swelling sorted out. I’m really grateful and looking forward to the game tomorrow.
Hodgson said it was now all about the game and said he can’t wait to get out on the field against Penrith.
“These are the games you want to play,” he said.
“This is why you play rugby league, to play on the big stage in the big games. It’s going to be tough but we are aiming to make it a lot tougher for them.
The boys are playing and want to see you at @giostadium tomorrow!