Wales wait on Hook update

Shoulder injury raises Wales fears

Last Updated: 16/05/11 8:40am

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Hook: Forced off by shoulder injury during Magners semi-final

Hook: Forced off by shoulder injury during Magners semi-final

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Wales playmaker James Hook will undergo tests on a worrying shoulder injury that forced him off the field during Saturday's Magners League semi-final.

Hook's Ospreys career came to unpleasant end when he was unable to finish the first half of their 18-11 defeat by Munster.

The Perpignan-bound fly-half has a history of shoulder problems and was sidelined for five months last year after needing an operation to repair damage to his left shoulder.

The 25-year-old was confident the injury was not too serious, but Ospreys Head Hoach Scott Johnson was less optimistic and voiced his fears over Hook's availability for Wales.

"I'm not sure about James," Johnson toldWales on Sunday.

"He thought it was a 'stinger' but I'm not so confident.


"Knowing James, for him to go down and come off the pitch is unusual. It might be a bit more than he is saying, but let's hope, for his and Wales' sake, that's not the case."

Hook is set to miss to Wales' match with the Barbarians on June 4 as he is getting married the same day but if fit he is sure to be vital member of Warren Gatland's World Cup team.

Gatland will be anxious to hear news of the injury as Hook would be expected to start in Wales' World Cup warm-up games against England on August 6 and 13 and Argentina on August 20.

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