Oates in hospi­tal with de­bil­i­tat­ing staph in­fec­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

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.”

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