Hodgson, ace goalkicker Jonny Wilkinson's longtime deputy, missedthe World Cup after suffering with knee problems for most of 2003. His latest setback happened while playing for English Premiershipside Sale during their 23-16 home European Cup defeat by Ireland's Leinster.
Hodgson took a knock early in the game but kept going until the35th minute when he was replaced by former Springbok Braam van Straaten.
"It is the same knee," said Sale coach Jim Mallinder."He actually took a bang on it last week and it took three or four days to clear.Unfortunately, he got another bang on it today. "We are going to have to have a look at it. If he isstruggling, he will go
Wilkinson is currently out with a shoulder problem and Hodgson'sknock adds to the list of England players who have suffered injuries since theWorld Cup.
There had been speculation that Woodward would play Hodgson in thecentres to act as a 'minder' for Wilkinson who is susceptible to"stinging" shoulder injuries when tackled or indeed delivering one of the big hits of hisown that he so relishes.
World champions England start the defence of their Six Nationscrown away to Italy in Rome on February 15 and Woodward could bring inexperienced utility back Mike Catt at fly-half if Wilkinson fails to recover intime.