Scans to determine Cooper's future

Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:20
Large quade cooper injured Large quade cooper reds Large quade cooper injured

Initial scans revealed no fractures, but the full results will reveal the immediate future of Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper.

Initial scans revealed no fractures, but the full results will reveal the immediate future of Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper.

The Reds No.10, Cooper, was sent to hospital for precautionary scans on Friday, following a tackle in the last minute of their 13-16 pre-season loss to the Melbourne Rebels at Ballymore.

Cooper was kept overnight and had X-rays, which showed no sign of any fractures.

"He underwent an MRI scan this [Saturday] morning and preliminary results indicate there is no serious damage," the Reds' medical staff said in a statement, adding that they expect to know the full results of the scan only on Monday.

"While a little stiff and sore from the collision, Cooper is out of hospital and mobile," the statement said.

A further update on Cooper's status will be made as soon as the full results of the MRI scan are known.

However, Reds coach Richard Graham remained upbeat.

"We really have to see how the spasm settles down in the next 24-48 hours," 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."

The Reds met tough opposition in their second and final pre-season match, losing to the Melbourne-based Rebels.

The game had a different tempo than the Reds' 31-20 win over the Chiefs in Toowoomba last weekend, with a much more physical encounter on display at Ballymore in front of 8,778 fans.

In the final minutes of the game, a stiff tackle caught the Reds' playmaker, Cooper awkwardly.

Cooper was slow to respond from the tackle and was stretchered from the field as a precaution. He will undergo precautionary scans.

The Reds also had flank 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 match was a good challenge for the Reds, who will face a physical force in their first match - the second round - of Super Rugby, against the Brumbies in Canberra next weekend.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 02 July 2016
Sunwolves v Waratahs 05h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Blues 07h35 Wellington
Rebels v Stormers 09h40 Melbourne
Free State Cheetahs v Falcons 10h05 Bloemfontein
Golden Lions v Griffons 12h05 Johannesburg
Namibia v Border 13h00 Windhoek
Western Province v Eagles 13h00 Newlands
Cheetahs v Force 13h00 Bloemfontein
EP Kings v Griquas 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Lions v Sharks 15h10 Johannesburg
Kings v Highlanders 17h15 Port Elizabeth
Jaguares v Bulls 21h40 Buenos Aires
Thu, 07 July 2016
Griquas v Pumas 17h00 Kimberley
Fri, 08 July 2016
Blues v Brumbies 07h35 Auckland
Reds v Chiefs 09h40 Brisbane
Eagles v Free State Cheetahs 17h00 Outeniqua Park
Lions v Kings 17h00 Johannesburg
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 13 9 0 4 39
Waratahs 12 7 0 5 34
Rebels 12 6 0 6 27
Reds 13 3 1 9 16
Force 12 2 0 10 12
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Chiefs 13 10 0 3 46
Crusaders 13 10 0 3 45
Hurricanes 12 8 0 4 40
Highlanders 12 8 0 4 38
Blues 12 6 1 5 30
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 1 4 36
Bulls 12 7 1 4 32
Cheetahs 12 3 0 9 17
Sunwolves 12 1 1 10 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 12 9 0 3 42
Sharks 12 7 1 4 35
Jaguares 12 2 0 10 14
Kings 12 2 0 10 9