Wallabies and Reds fly-half Quade Cooper will have scans on his shoulder to determine how long he will be sidelined with a serious shoulder injury.
Cooper is joined on the injury list by prop Ben Daley and both are expected to be sidelined for extended periods following injuries suffered against the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday
“I knew there was something wrong,” Cooper told Fox Sport after the game.
“I heard a bit of a crack and I could feel that my shoulder wasn’t sitting right so I was told I had dislocated my AC joint.”
Cooper suffered a Grade 3 AC joint injury and while x-rays have cleared him of any bone damage, he will have an MRI on Monday to determine the full extent of the damage.
Daley suffered a fracture dislocation of his thumb and will have surgery next week. He is expected to be available after the June Test window.
“Clearly we are disappointed to lose Quade and Dales (Ben Daley) for extended periods,” said coach Richard Graham.
“Quade had x-rays following the game and was cleared of any bone damage. He will have an MRI tomorrow and following that will consult the specialist to see what is the extent of the injury. At this stage we know he has a Grade 3 AC joint injury and we are hopeful it ends there.
“Dales is a little more straight forward with surgery booked early this week and a K-Wire inserted into the thumb he dislocated. After an outstanding pre-season, it has been a tough season for Dales with a number of injuries not allowing any momentum. He is a resilient bloke and will roll up the sleeves and get stuck into his work before returning for the July period.
“We have a bye this week and it is pretty timely. The injured list has been growing but this will give us a chance to take stock and recalibrate.
“The players are on individual programs until we come back together Thursday and start preparing for the Highlanders match. Some players will go back to play for their clubs whilst others we will hold back due to the amount of Rugby they have played or because our playing stocks are low in a particular area.”
The Reds have the bye next week before hosting the Highlanders at Suncorp Stadium on Friday 30 May.
Cooper’s setback opens the way for ACT Brumbies’ playmaker Matt Toomua to take his place in the Wallabies’ starting lineup against the French.