Wigan Warriors earnt a huge win on Good Friday as they beat rivals St Helens 14-6 in front of a packed out DW Stadium.
The home side were hugely impressive as they took away St Helens’ strengths and nullified their attack, whilst being clinical themselves.
They were watched by a huge 24,275 fans which was the highest attendance at the DW for a Wigan Warriors game since March 2005.
Whilst the win was a massive high the team have since had the terrible news of an injury to one of their veteran stars.
Mike Cooper was the victim of a hip-drop tackle from Morgan Knowles, for which the Saints man has been banned for five games, and following scans Matt Peet confirmed the worst.
In his press conference Peet said: “He’ll miss the rest of the season, he’s done a lot of damage to his knee, including his ACL. We’re looking at 9-12 months.”
An ACL injury is a horrific injury at any point in a career but aged 34 it could be catastrophic for Cooper who will have turned 35 by the start of next season, for which he will have his sights set on now.
Now, Cooper has spoken on the injury for the first time.
He said on Twitter:
“Just wanted to thank everyone for the best wishes regarding my injury and recovery, your support is much appreciated. The atmosphere on Friday was electric! Gutted to not be playing again this year but I’ll be cheering the lads on like every other. See you all soon!”