Tune injured again
February 7, 2000
Wallaby winger Ben Tune was ruled out Monday with an injured knee for at least four weeks and will miss at least the first match of Queensland's campaign in the Super 12 rugby series.
Tune had an MRI scan on his left knee, injured during a tackle in the Reds' opening pre-season trial against New South Wales Country on Saturday night.
The Wallaby flyer will miss Queensland's opening Super 12 clash with Otago in Dunedin on February 26 and has only an outside chance of returning to take on Wellington on March 4.
"The scan shows that he's got a grade one medial ligament injury and that would appear to be all he's got," Queensland team doctor Greg Smith said Monday.
"We would expect him to return in four to six weeks and we'll have to be guided by the physios as to how long Ben will be out."
The injury is not related to the problem which plagued Tune's knee last season, restricting his training during the Wallabies' World Cup campaign.
Tune was absent from Queensland training Monday along with Wallaby teammate Tim Horan (foot) and flyhalf Nathan Spooner (groin).
Smith said Horan's foot injury was not "a concern at all", even though the brilliant centre will probably miss Saturday night's Southern Cross series match against Auckland in Sydney.
"Tim's still very sore from the other night but x-rays haven't revealed anything for us to worry about," Smith said.