Brisbane - Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks
after fracturing his collarbone at training, team officials said on
The 26-year-old playmaker, who was out for 16 weeks last year with a shoulder joint injury, will have surgery on Tuesday.
The decision to have surgery was made on Friday 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," Reds coach Richard Graham said.
"Fortunately, we’ve recruited well in the off-season and we’re comfortable we have a number of options available to us.”
Cooper said he was 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," he
"There’s a lot of excitement among the (Reds) 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.”