The good news for Sharks fans is that Frederic Michalak is likely to be the Sharks’ Currie Cup flyhalf, but the rider is that he is only expected to be fit a month into the competition.
Mike Greenaway reports for IOL.
The Sharks host Western Province on June 20 in the opening match, but Michalak’s projected return to rugby following a knee injury is late July.
He damaged knee ligaments in the Sharks’ Super 14 match against the Waratahs in Sydney, and the early prognosis was that the injury would require surgery and that he would be out for the entire year.
Michalak returned to France where medical opinion was that he would recover without an operation. He has also subsequently signed up with his former club Toulouse.
“Freddy was extremely disappointed to have his Super 14 cut short, and so is very keen to play Currie Cup rugby,” coach John Plumtree said. “And we will be delighted to have him, and hopefully that knee will be okay.”
Michalak will return to Toulouse when the Currie Cup ends in October.
Michalk’s late arrival leaves the Sharks in a pickle for the early matches. Ruan Pienaar, who took over at 10 from Michalak, is with the Springboks, as is Adrian Jacobs.
“We will be more than happy to play Bradley Barritt at 10,” Plumtree said. “He played there for 60 percent of last season, and gave a good account of himself.”Tweet