Mitchell Suffers Cruel Blow
Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell will have surgery after an ultra sound on Tuesday confirmed a rupture of the tibialis posterior tendon in his right leg.
Mitchell sustained the injury during the first half of last Saturday’s Test against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship in Auckland.
The recovery time for the NSW Waratahs winger is uncertain at this point and won’t be determined until after the surgery takes place.
Meanwhile, Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper will be available for Australia’s next match in the Rugby Championship despite confirmation on Tuesday that he has been suffering from a small fracture in the lateral (outer) tibia (main leg bone).
The injury, which was revealed by scans in Brisbane on Tuesday, was aggravated during last Saturday’s Test at Eden Park. It had only caused minor discomfort previously and had not shown up on previous scans.
While the injury will be closely monitored, Wallabies medical staff anticipate that it will settle quickly, and it isn’t expected to impact on Cooper’s availability for Australia’s defence of the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate, which starts when the Wallabies tackle South Africa in the home leg of that series at Patterson’s Stadium in Perth on Saturday, September 8.
Cooper will assemble with the other members of the 30-man squad in Perth this Sunday in preparation for that game.