Fiji Time: 7:51 AM on Friday 29 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Quade Cooper cleared of serious neck injury

Aap
Monday, February 17, 2014

BRISBANE - Quade Cooper has been cleared of a serious injury but remains in doubt of kicking off the Super Rugby season for Queensland against the Brumbies on Saturday night.

Cooper spent Friday night in hospital after suffering neck damage in a heavy tackle by bulky back-rower Lopeti Timani late in the Reds' 18-13 trial loss to the Melbourne Rebels at Ballymore.

The Wallabies playmaker underwent X-rays which cleared him of any fracture while preliminary results from an MRI scan are also positive.

But Cooper is suffering from an uncomfortable and restrictive kink in the neck after his chin impacted heavily on his chest after Timani struck him from behind as he off-loaded.

"He's stiff and he's sore but he's mobile and at home," Reds coach Richard Graham told AAP. "We really have to see how the spasm settles down in the next 24-48 hours.

"But we're confident he'll be right to play."

Cooper will need the movement in his neck to free up enough to train on Monday afternoon to ensure he's a likely starter at Canberra Stadium.

Kiwi-born Mike Harris looms as his possible replacement as back-up No.10 Ben Lucas has missed Queensland's two trial outings with an ankle injury.

The Reds also had flanker Ed Quirk (shoulder) and centre Anthony Fainga'a (facial cut) suffer injuries in the loss to the Rebels but Graham expects both to be fit.

The coach lamented a flatness in both attack and defence against a highly-committed Melbourne after his side jumped to an early 13-0 lead.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61210.5931
JPY 54.771751.7717
GBP 0.33320.3252
EUR 0.42880.4168
NZD 0.71530.6823
AUD 0.64320.6182
USD 0.48760.4706

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 28th April 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Minister: Deported seasonal workers exaggerated issue
  2. Fresh start
  3. Family seeks answers
  4. Rawaca's hospital bill payment saga
  5. Rabuka clarifies ration issue
  6. Police probe man for allegedly injuring son with chopper
  7. National airline records 3-year loss on Hong Kong route
  8. Rescued teen in good health
  9. Villagers want to relocate
  10. Four days at sea enroute to Games

Top Stories this Week

  1. Horror crash relived Wednesday (27 Apr)
  2. Nadolo in Rio 7s mix Friday (22 Apr)
  3. Shoeshine boy makes it big Monday (25 Apr)
  4. Horrific crash kills 1 Monday (25 Apr)
  5. Teacher fears for safety Tuesday (26 Apr)
  6. Overstay Monday (25 Apr)
  7. Try night fasting, doctor urges Monday (25 Apr)
  8. Father farewells son Wednesday (27 Apr)
  9. Horror car crash claims man's life Sunday (24 Apr)
  10. 'Ridiculous change' Tuesday (26 Apr)