Whitehaven provide positive update on injured Liam Cooper

Liam Cooper Whitehaven

Whitehaven have provided a positive update on Liam Cooper, who left the field through injury in their Challenge Cup tie with St Helens.

Back-rower Cooper was stretchered from the field following a long delay. The Whitehaven number 12 suffered a neck injury just eight minutes into the clash at the Recreation Ground on Saturday afternoon.

However, it’s positive news for the club and the player.

Whitehaven shared on social media: “We’ve had plenty of messages since yesterday’s game about Liam Cooper.

“‘Ronnie’ was stretchered off early on in a neck brace – we are glad to report Liam was up and about in the changing room shortly after being taken off and watched the second half of the game from the dugouts.”

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Jonty Gorley proud of players’ efforts

Whitehaven’s Tom Wilkinson also left the field early with a shoulder injury, leaving the Championship side down to 15 for their clash against the current Challenge Cup holders.

Head coach Jonty Gorley was proud of his players’ efforts, with a crowd of 4,869 watching.

“We were down to 15 men after eight minutes,” Gorley said. “It was going to be hard as it is against a team like St Helens.

“I just think we invited them into our territory quite a lot but for the first 20 minutes we defended really well.

“The lads tried really hard. They’ve done as I asked and left everything out there.

“We battered them at times, we really did. They scored a couple of soft tries when we tired but they are a class side.

“They took their chances, we didn’t take ours. If they had maybe scored 10 points less and we scored 10 points more, it would have had a better reflection of the game.”

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Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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