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.”
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 pic.twitter.com/gLRDQSP0MS
— Whitehaven Rugby League (@OfficialHavenRl) March 27, 2022
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.”