27 Oct 2011

Cooper undergoes knee surgery

8:00 am on 27 October 2011

The beleaguered Australian rugby star Quade Cooper has had surgery in Brisbane on his injured knee, just days before the Queensland Reds start training for next year's Super Rugby season.

Cooper's anterior cruciate ligament was reconstructed and the lateral ligament repaired.

Recovery time for the injury is expected to be at least six months, meaning Cooper will miss the first two months of the Reds' season.

The injury was a devastating end to Cooper's year, which was marked by the highs of a Super title and the lows of an underwhelming World Cup campaign during which he was mercilessly booed during every tournament appearance.