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Quade Cooper ruled out for three months

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Queensland Reds Super Rugby playmaker Quade Cooper will miss up to three months
of the 2015 season after fracturing his collarbone.

Cooper’s injury was sustained in a Reds Super Rugby training session on Thursday
and he will have surgery on the injury next Tuesday.

The 26-year-old playmaker, who was out for 16 weeks in 2014 due to an AC joint
injury, 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.

Reds head coach Richard Graham said,”It’s disappointing to lose
Quade to such an innocuous collision during an opposed training session, but
this is the nature of contact sport. “

“Fortunately, we’ve recruited well in the off-season and we’re
comfortable we have a number of options available to us.”

Cooper said,”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. “

“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.”

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