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Quade Cooper Wallabies doubt with shoulder injury
ESPN Staff
May 18, 2014
The Reds' Quade Cooper leaves the pitch with a shoulder injury, Queensland Reds v Melbourne Rebels, Super Rugby, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, May 17, 2014
The Reds' Quade Cooper leaves the pitch with a shoulder injury © Getty Images
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Quade Cooper is set to miss next month's Test series against France after suffering a serious shoulder injury in Queensland's 30-27 Super Rugby loss to the Melbourne Rebels.

Cooper is facing a month on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a grade three AC separation from a jolting hit on his left shoulder just after setting up an early try to Mike Harris.

Coach Ewen McKenzie is set to name his 32-man on Thursday, so the timing couldn't be worse for Cooper, who was likely to start in the first Test on June 7.

Cooper was treated on the pitch before walking off to be replaced by Ben Lucas.

"It's pretty sore," Cooper told Fox Sports after the match. "But a few of the boys have got similar things and they are able to continue playing through them. Hopefully once we talk to the doctors, they'll give me the all-clear to continue to play the rest of the season.

"I heard a bit of a crack then felt my shoulder, and it wasn't sitting right. It's a dislocated AC."

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