Is Stormers captain Jean de Villiers injured again?
Ashfak Mohammed reports for IOL
The Stormers may be severely disrupted in the midfield for their Super 14 opener against the Bulls at Newlands in 12 days time.
Captain Jean de Villiers was again absent from training in Durbanville on Monday. And this time it wasn’t the bicep muscle that he tore during the World Cup last year that kept him off the field, but rather a hamstring strain.
The Springbok centre insisted that he should be ready for the Bulls encounter, and that he was over his bicep injury. “The hammy is just a bit stiff at the moment,” De Villiers said.
“But I feel that I have taken enough contact in the last two weeks before we face the Bulls. We have had several sessions where the players have been in match situations, so it shouldn’t be a problem for me to be ready for the first Super 14 game.
“I hope to train by the end of this week, but definitely by next week.Promising centre Morgan Newman has been called up from the Western Province Vodacom Cup squad as cover for De Villiers, but if the Bok star is not ready for the Bulls fixture, there could be further changes in the back division.
De Villiers hasn’t played any rugby since September 9 last year, when he tore his bicep in the World Cup opener against Samoa. His history with injuries does not bode well for the Stormers and new coach Rassie Erasmus, who has entrusted him with the leadership reigns as well.
To add further worry to the midfield situation, Dylan des Fountain also sat out training with what he described as a “nerve problem” in his elbow. Des Fountain also expects to be available for the Bulls match, but Corne Uys was ruled out of the Super 14 after he suffered a knee ligament injury against Boland in a warm-up match.Tweet