News24 reports that former Springbok tighthead prop Richard Bands, is injured again, and this time he will be off the field for between two and three weeks.
Bands was injured in the Vodacom Cup match against the Mighty Elephants in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
It is a completely different injury to the knee that kept him off the field last year after he had then also come back from yet another unrelated injury.
This time it is a little tear in a shoulder muscle – but the good news is Bands will only miss one game as the Blue Bulls aren’t playing over the Easter weekend.
The injury nevertheless comes at an inopportune time, as Bands is slowly getting his match fitness back.
Meanwhile Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle’s rehabilitation is going as scheduled after he had cartilage removed from his knee. He was injured 18 days ago during captain’s run before the Blue Bulls’ first Vodacom Cup match against the Eagles in George.
Wing John Mametsa is also doing fine after he injured his hamstring over the weekend against the Mighty Elephants. He was taken off as a precaution but will be able to play against the Cavaliers in Brits on Saturday.
The Blue Bulls will be without Henri Bantjes, Stefan Watermeyer, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Divan Kotze, Francois Brummer, Frik Kirsten and Mauritz Boshoff will be attending the SA Under-20 training camp.
Good news for the Blue Bulls is that scrumhalf JP Joubert, who was acquired from the Boland last year but has been sidelined for the past six weeks because of a knee injury, might be fit enough to play 20 minutes against his former team.
The medical team will make a call later this week regarding Joubert’s fitness for Saturday’s match.Tweet