Wigan prop forward Mike Cooper will miss the rest of the 2023 Super League season, head coach Matt Peet has confirmed.
The 34-year-old was helped from the field during the side’s 14-6 Good Friday victory over rivals St Helens at the DW Stadium with a knee injury.
He was wearing a protective brace after the match and was later sent for scans, confirming the blow for the former England international.
Cooper made the mid-season switch from hometown club Warrington in 2022, and had featured in every game for the Warriors in 2023.
“Mike Cooper is a bad one. He’ll miss certainly the rest of this season,” Peet confirmed.
“He’s done quite a lot of damage to his knee, including his ACL.
“He’s looking at least nine months, possibly 12. He’s got more consultations coming up.
“It’s our intentions to support Mike wholeheartedly through his rehab.
“He’s shown a really positive reaction and has been involved in team meetings.
“We’ve spoken to the group about how he still wants to play his part this year but obviously on the field, it’s a blow.”
More to follow.