Reds coach Brad Thorn on George Smith’s concerning back injury

WALLABY great George Smith’s playing future is in doubt as he battles a potentially career-threatening back injury.

New Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn says Smith has returned to Australia to source different medical opinions after the champion flanker hurt himself playing in Japan.

“He’s just getting it checked out at the moment. I guess he’s just getting a few opinions, which is a smart thing to do,” Thorn said on Wednesday.

“We’ll soon find out more about that and he’s a real valued guy and hopefully there’s a good result there.”

Thorn remains hopeful the 111-Test flanker won’t have to hang up his boots and will feature for the Reds during the 2018 Super Rugby season.