Cook ruled out with shoulder injury

Date published: November 17 2014

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Gloucester full-back Rob Cook is expected to be out for a long time after he dislocated his shoulder in Friday’s loss to Harlequins.

Gloucester full-back Rob Cook is expected to be out for a lengthy spell after he dislocated his shoulder in Friday’s loss to Harlequins.

Cook sustained the injury after 21 minutes of the 22-15 defeat at the Stoop, when he stretched to score a try with three defenders on his back.

After the match, he was taken to hospital and x-rays confirmed that he dislocated his left shoulder.

The extent of the injury will be determined by specialists later this week as well as a date for him to return to action.

Gloucester boss David Humphreys admitted that although losing Cook was a major setback for the Cherry and Whites he was confident that they have enough strength in depth to fill in for the 30-year-old.

“It was a shoulder injury but how significant it is at this stage we don’t know,” he told the Gloucester Citizen.

“It was unfortunate just with the way he landed.

“Rob has been an outstanding player, not just this season but over the course of the last couple of years. He has been very consistent and his influence will be missed.

“But Steve McColl has come in this year and has not had many opportunities but performed well up at London Welsh last week.

“He will get an opportunity now, Aled Thomas has played well and James Hook has played a lot at full-back so we have a lot of options there.”

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