Reds fly-half Quade Cooper will be sidelined for 10-12 weeks after suffering a fractured collarbone during a training session at Ballymore Stadium on Thursday.
The 26-year-old playmaker, who was out for 16 weeks in 2014 due to an AC joint injury and is a firm favourite among those who bet on sport, will have surgery this Tuesday to repair the fracture, which occurred around the previous operation site.
The decision was made Friday afternoon, after scans and a consultation with the Reds’ surgeon.
“It’s disappointing to lose Quade to such an innocuous collision during an opposed training session, but this is the nature of contact sport,” said Reds head coach Richard Graham.
“Fortunately, we’ve recruited well in the off-season and we’re comfortable we have a number of options available to us.”
“I’m gutted to be missing the start of the season, but injury setbacks are something you learn to deal with and this isn’t the first time I’ve had to come back from something like this,” said Cooper.
“There’s a lot of excitement among the group for the season, so it’s good motivation for me to give myself every chance of getting back on the field as soon as possible.”