But that did not stop him returning to action in the victory over Scotland and now he has got a starting berth the 26-year-old is not prepared to let it go without a fight.
"Leigh's a quality player who has played well for Wales in the past," said Stoddart. "With him coming back, they may pick him - we'll have to wait and see.
"Obviously, I was gutted to be out for so long, but I never thought that was it in terms of my international career.
"I just had to stay positive during the tough times."
Speaking about his broken hand, he added: "I can't remember how it happened. It was some time during the second half against England.
"I didn't notice it at the time, what with being involved in the game and being caught up in everything that was going on.
"As the week went on, I knew I'd be okay to play against Scotland as long as I took painkillers and strapped it up.
"It's still cracked. But I can use it."