Reds sweat on Quade Cooper verdict after red card against Lions

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Already reeling from skipper James Slipper's season-ending injury, Queensland have also flown Quade Cooper home as they brace for the Super Rugby playmaker's SANZAAR judiciary hearing.

Cooper faces a dangerous-tackle charge after being sent off for his 49th-minute hit on Rohan Janse van Rensburg as the centre crashed over for one of many Lions tries in Johannesburg.

He will front the judiciary later today.

Cooper has had disciplinary issues in the past - he missed the 2012 semi-final against the Sharks due to a ban.

And the fact Cooper has been flown home to Brisbane and not on to Argentina for Sunday's clash with the Jaguares indicates Queensland are expecting another suspension.

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