Just four days after being stretchered from Ballymore in a neck brace, a thankful Quade Cooper has declared himself ready to take on the Brumbies in Queensland’s Super Rugby opener in Canberra on Saturday night.
There was justifiable concern for Cooper late in the trial against the Rebels, when he took a knock to the back and fell to the turf. He was swamped by medical staff, put into a brace and taken to hospital for scans.
The news, since then, has been all good, with Cooper being cleared of any serious spinal damage.
The injury was likened to a whiplash, which has left him sore and sorry but ready to compete by the weekend.
“I feel pretty good. I feel like a footballer. I’m sure there’s a lot of guys in the front row who are scrummaging every morning who are feeling a lot worse than I am. I’m grateful to be up and about and be able to join my teammates,” Cooper said on Tuesday morning.
“I’ve been given the all clear. It’s up to me. From a medical point of view, there’s no damage to say I shouldn’t be able to play.”
Cooper said he was in shock and scared as he was taken to St Andrews Hospital. But he thanked Reds medical staff and doctors for taking all of the right precautions to ensure there was nothing more sinister at play.
“It was one of the scariest moments of my footy career. The medical staff did a great job to make sure everything ran smoothly, and all the doctors and medical staff at St Andrews Hospital,” Cooper said.
“I was pretty scared and in a position you’d hate to see anybody in. I’m very grateful to be standing in front of you with no serious or severe damage.”
Reds coach Richard Graham was bullish after the game that Cooper could be available for selection but will be delighted with the medical reports he has received about his star playmaker.
The Reds will need his services against the Brumbies as they try to bounce back from a flat trial against the Rebels. It started off with a sluggish effort on the park and almost ended in disaster when Cooper went down.
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