More time needed on Latham injury



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QR Queensland Reds medical staff will reassess fullback Chris Latham’s injured ribs tomorrow morning (Tuesday) after he’s had another 24 hours’ rest.

Latham suffered rib cartilage damage playing for Australia in a Commonwealth Games Sevens Rugby pool match in Melbourne on Thursday night and was unable to join the team in South Africa for the start of a three week playing tour.

No decision has been made on whether to call for a replacement as Latham remains hopeful of being able to join the team during the tour.

Medical staff who examined Latham in Brisbane today said he was still in considerable discomfort and was on painkilling medication. His condition will be reassessed at another examination at QRU headquarters at Ballymore tomorrow morning.

The Reds are in Durban preparing for their Tooheys New Super 14 match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, March 25. Following that they play the Sharks in Durban and the Cats in Johannesburg.

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