Super Rugby
McCabe cleared, Pocock ruled out for Brumbies
March 3, 2014
David Pocock warms up for Brumbies first trial, Brumbies v Highlanders, Queenstown, January 31, 2014
David Pocock's injury will be assessed by his Brisbane-based surgeon © Getty Images

The Brumbies are confident Pat McCabe can play in Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes but David Pocock has been ruled out.

Both players left the field during the Brumbies' 27-14 win over the Western Force in Perth on Saturday amid fears they may have suffered recurrences of injuries that ended their 2013 seasons.

However a second series of scans on Monday cleared McCabe of any serious damage, while Pocock's Monday evening scan results aren't expected to be available until Tuesday.

The Brumbies were concerned McCabe had suffered further damage to his neck, which he broke during the Wallabies' Spring Tour of 2012 and re-injured against the British & Irish Lions last year.

"It was just a stiffness from getting his neck stretched a little bit," Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said on Monday. "He's got a little bit of damage to the muscle around there, but he's looking good for this weekend."

While concerns remain that Pocock has damaged his reconstructed knee, he has reportedly shown positive signs of mobility since Saturday. Regardless, his scans will be sent to the Brisbane surgeon who operated on his knee.


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