Justin Hodges faces race to be fit
BRISBANE Broncos captain Justin Hodges is pushing hard to overcome his latest hamstring injury in a bid to play against the club he won a premiership with 13 years ago - the Roosters.
"He's some chance," conceded the club's performance guru Alex Corvo as Hodges continued his recovery program at Red Hill which has so far gone to plan.
Hodges and Kiwi international forward Adam Blair (cork thigh) will both be monitored this week by the club's medical staff before final decisions are made on the pair on game eve.
Both stars missed Brisbane's strong win over the Titans at the weekend.
But both are rated outside chances of lining up against a Roosters side reeling from their shock loss to the previously winless Sharks at the weekend.
Broncos half Ben Hunt fears the Roosters' first loss of the season will have them fired up to hit back at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
"They'll come up here hurting and with all guns blazing," said Hunt, starting to build a combination with Anthony Milford, who scored two tries against the Titans.
"They don't lose two games in a row too often."
Left centre Jack Reed is hoping Hodges pulls through his final fitness test later in the week as Brisbane shoot for its fifth straight win.
"Hodgo gets us the big metres out of dummy half," said Reed who agreed Brisbane's first half goal-line defence against the Titans was the best in ages.
The Roosters are hoping to have 116kg forward enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves back after confirmation Origin forward Aidan Guerra could be sidelined for several weeks with a broken cheekbone.