Oates in hospital with debilitating staph infection
BRONCOS star Corey Oates has been rocked by a serious infection that has left him hospitalised and cruelled any chance of an Origin recall.
Oates has been in a Brisbane hospital since last Friday to be treated for a staph infection, which left the towering winger in excruciating pain.
The 22- year- old missed his final opportunity to impress Maroons selectors for a spot in the Origin decider and is not expected to be released for several days.
Oates last year went through a heart scare and had to be cleared by a cardiologist to make his Origin debut.
Broncos CEO Paul White visited Oates in hospital yesterday and said his condition had improved.
“He’s got a staph infection and is on antibiotics,” he said.
“He will stay in as long as they require. When I visited him he was in good spirits. They know there is an infection and they can now treat it.
“They will continue to monitor him. Hopefully he responds well and we will take it day- by- day.”
Oates reported significant pain in his lower back, hips and legs to Broncos medical staff before training last Thursday and sat out the session. He was admitted to hospital the following day and missed Brisbane’s clash against the Storm at Suncorp Stadium.
With Queensland losing Broncos skipper Darius Boyd ( broken thumb) for next Wednesday’s decider, Oates was in the frame for a recall after being dropped for Game Two.
But he did not get the chance to press his claims and is now fighting to return for the Broncos in Saturday week’s clash against the Newcastle Knights.
“He requires plenty of rest at the moment,” White said. “They have got on top of the pain and those issues that he was experiencing on Thursday.
“He’s still got a fair bit of recovery in front of him but they know what they are dealing with.
“It’s way too early to make those decisions ( on when he will play). The doctors will make those decisions and we will always take the utmost caution and care.”