Good news for Po­cock on in­jury

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

WAL­LA­BIES s t a r David Po­cock has been cleared of a se­ri­ous knee in­jury but will still spend four to six weeks on the Su­per Rugby side­lines wit h a me­dial l i g a ment strain.

Po­cock limped off the field early in the West­ern Force’s 39-12 loss to the Sharks on Satur­day night and was put in a leg brace af­ter the match as a pre­cau­tion.

But fears that Po­cock could be out for a much longer stint were al­layed on Mon­day when s c a ns c l e a r e d t he 22-year-old of any se­ri­ous struc­tural dam­age to his right knee.

The news would come as a re­lief to Wal­la­bies coach Rob­bie Deans, who is count­ing on a fit and fir­ing Po­cock to help lead Aus­tralia to suc­cess at this year’s World Cup.

But it could prove to be a costly in­jury for the Force, who are yet to win af­ter two games and rely heav­ily on Po­cock’s ball-pil­fer­ing skills and phys­i­cal­ity around the field.

O u t s i d e c e n t r e M i t c h In­man is also set to miss four to six weeks af­ter dis­lo­cat­ing his el­bow in the same game.

‘‘ It’s dis­ap­point­ing to lose David as he is clearly one of the best play­ers in his po­si­tion in the world,’’ West­ern F o r c e c o a c h R i c h a r d Graham said.

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