Talismanic flanker Schalk Burger has his own ideas about fast-tracking.news24.co.za reports.
Just over a month ago Burger had an operation on his right knee to repair torn ligaments which he suffered in the Super 14 match against the Highlanders at Newlands.
His rehabilitation, which is expected to last six weeks has been progressing so well that he started running for the first time on Thursday.
He started out at a jogging pace at one end of the field in Stellenbosch where the Springboks were working out in a light drizzle. His 20-minute work-out was monitored by Springbok physiotherapist Rene Lombard. As he made his way back from the exercise, he pulled off the heavy strapping from his knee and started mingling with his teammates. Very soon Burger was tip-toeing in on the action for about 10 minutes to hold on to a few passes.
At this rate of recovery Burger looks set to return to action when the Boks play Italy on June 21, at Newlands – the scene of the “crime”.
“I’m feeling fine,” said Burger afterwards. “I just can’t wait to get back.”
Friday’s training sessions have been called off. Instead the Boks will be given time off to return home.
The only player in the 30-man squad who is out nursing an injury is centre Adrian Jacobs.
He pulled up at Tuesday’s training with a slight hamstring strain but will be ready for action on Monday. The Sharks player who was born and bred in Cape Town will be staying with his family in the Mother City over the weekend.
“It’s more of a precaution that I’m sitting out,” said Jacobs. “I’m fine and there will be no problem when I get back to training on Monday.”
The Test squad will assemble again on Sunday in Bloemfontein.Tweet