Croker hopeful of round six

Canberra Raiders veteran Jason Croker has had surgery on his injured knee and is expected to return to football in around three or four weeks.

Croker suffered the injury during the Raiders? round one defeat of St George-Illawarra.

?Basically a screw had come loose from a knee reconstruction I had three years ago and it was causing some irritation around the knee,? Croker said.

?Initially they (the doctors) feared that there might have been some bone bruising which would have kept me out a lot longer but fortunately there wasn?t,? he added.

Croker didn?t take part in the Raiders loss to Penrith last Friday night but says he is eager to play against the Sharks in round six at Toyota Park.

?I?ve been told to stay off it as much as I can over the next two weeks, but I hope to get back in to training after the bye (Round 5),? he said.

The Raiders, minus Croker, play North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday night.