Horan likely to miss Super 12 opener
February 22, 2000
World Cup hero Tim Horan is likely to miss Queensland's Super 12 rugby union opener against Otago in Dunedin on Saturday, team officials said.
Horan is still struggling with a foot ligament injury received in a trial game against New South Wales Country on the Gold Coast three weeks ago.
Reds' officials Tuesday rated Horan "no better than a 50-50 chance" to line up at Carisbrook against the Highlanders.
The 29-year-old has been unavailable for Queensland's last three pre-season matches after sustaining an injury which at first was not considered serious.
Horan trained alone Tuesday while the rest of the Reds were put through their paces by Queensland coach John Connolly.
If Horan withdraws, the Reds will promote Elton Flatley to the centres with Steve Kefu - younger brother of Wallaby back rower Toutai Kefu - coming onto the reserves bench.
The Reds have had their share of early season injuries with internationals Ben Tune and Matt Cockbain facing extended time on the sidelines.
Australian international hooker Michael Foley is also causing concern with a knee ligament problem.
Foley has already been ruled out of Saturday night's game and was consulting a specialist in Dunedin to determine whether he needed a scan.
Former Australian under-21 hooker Sean Hardman replaces Foley in a new-look Queensland front row minus Wallaby warhorse Dan Crowley.