Fittler reveals surprising return date for Matt Lodge

Matt Buxton

Matt Lodge could be back on the NRL within a month according to Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler.

Diagnosed with a partial ACL tear in February and faced up to four months on the sidelines, Brisbane Broncos fans braced to be without Lodge for most of the 2020 season.

Fittler spoke to Lodge up in Townsville on Friday night who indicated he might be back much sooner.

“I spoke to Matt Lodge and he believes he might be alright by Round 5 or 6,” Fittler said on The Sunday Footy Show.

Fittler was impressed by Brisbane given how many injuries in key positions they had.

The talking point is their young, incredible forward pack, but it was new recruit Brodie Croft that grasped Fittler’s attention.

“They had about four or five missing,” Fittler said.

“There was no Jack Bird, no Matt Lodge, [Joe] Ofahengaue, Alex Glenn.

“Have a look at the balance they’ve got at the moment, they’ve got [Tevita] Pangai Junior on the right-hand side, [David] Fifita on the left and Payne Haas in the middle; they’re all kids with so much power.

“Brodie Croft seemed to put everyone else at ease, eh controlled the game which allowed everyone else to be in their position.

“It’s amazing what one player was able to do, just watching Brisbane they never looked panicked at any stage.

“When there was a quick play the ball he’d stand up and tell people what to do, I think that allows Milford to sit back and get the ball when he really wants it.