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Stuart to wait and see on Austin's fitness

  • Stuart to wait and see on Austin's fitness

    CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03: Blake Austin of the Raiders attempts a field goal during the round 17 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Newcastle Knights at GIO Stadium on July 3, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Coach Ricky Stuart expects to know by Thursday whether star five-eighth Blake Austin will be fit for Canberra's NRL semi-final against Penrith.

He also has his fingers crossed that hooker Josh Hodgson will play on Saturday at GIO Stadium, saying he was "improving slowly".

Austin had his first full training session using a ball on Wednesday night since breaking his left hand.

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"It's not going to be so much what happened tonight, it's going to be how he pulls up over the next 24 hours that will probably make the decision for us," Stuart said.

Hodgson didn't train with the rest of the squad, with Stuart agreeing with his No.9's assessment on Tuesday his chances of playing were "slim".

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