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Cooper out for 4 months with injured shoulder, hip

Quade Cooper faces surgery for shoulder and hip injuries, set to be sidelined for 4 months

Cooper out for 4 months with injured shoulder, hip

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Quade Cooper is expected to be sidelined for four months after scans Monday showed he needed surgery on a shoulder injury he sustained in the Queensland Reds weekend Super Rugby loss to the Melbourne Rebels.

Cooper, who had been a likely contender at flyhalf for Australia against France in a three-test series next month, is due to have surgery Tuesday on his left shoulder. He will use the rehabilitation period to have another operation to remove loose cartilage in his hip.

Reds coach Richard Graham says the surgery will bring Cooper back to full health, adding that "a player of Quade's ability rarely has extended breaks from the game, so if there is a silver lining to this injury layoff it is that this will allow him time to refresh and repair his body."

Updated : 2021-12-05 13:02 GMT+08:00