Reds hope to have Latham back for Crusaders and Waratahs


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QR Reds fullback Chris Latham’s confidence that he will be fit for the May 10 match against the Crusaders in Brisbane was given a boost today when a scan cleared him of any longer term damage to his reconstructed right knee.

Reds coach Phil Mooney said the scan confirmed a grade 2 medial ligament injury, with no damage to the anterior cruciate ligament.

‘A grade two medial is normally a 4-6 week injury but Lathe is adamant he will be right to play against the Crusaders and against the Waratahs the week after that. That’s his goal,’ Mooney said.

This will be Latham’s last season with the QR Reds before he goes overseas to play with Worcester in England and he is desperate to play again before the Investec Super 14 season ends.

‘I always like to test myself against the best and the Crusaders are the best ‘ so that’s the game I’m aiming for,’ Latham said.

Mooney said Reds captain Sam Cordingley was likely to miss the Reds’ next match ‘ against the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium on April 18.

‘We’ll just monitor Sam’s calf injury over the next week or so but I doubt he’ll be ready for the Force match. Our one consolation there is that Benny Lucas has been playing some great footy at scrumhalf so this will be another opportunity for him to step up. He just gets better with every game,’ Mooney said.

The Reds have the bye this week but all uninjured players will be heading off to regional areas of the state on Thursday and Friday for a series of junior coaching clinics and community visits as part of the Xstrata 2008 Regional Development Tour.


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