The Blue Bulls’ new team doctor Org Strauss is confident that Springbok Wikus van Heerden will be fit for the team’s first Currie Cup match against the Lions at Ellis Park on June 21.
Van Heerden had a scope on his knee but his rehabilitation is going well and he is already running with the rest of the team, according to www.rugby365.com.
The young No.8 Dewald Potgieter, who was struggling with a hamstring injury, will also be eligible for the Ellis Park encounter. However, Fourie du Preez, Zane Kirchner, Heini Adams, Derick Hougaard and Wayne Julies are all still on the injury list.
Du Preez was with the team on Monday but he could not train due to his hand injury and Strauss believes he will be on the side-line for another three weeks.
Kirchner’s groin will keep him on the pavilion for two to three weeks, while Adams’ tibia will also take about two to three weeks to heal completely.
Hougaard is in a race against time for the opening match and at this stage Strauss says it is “touch and go” whether Loftus’ Liefling will play against the Lions.
The Blue Bulls hoped that Julies would have been able to start the Currie Cup, but he will not be able to play for another six weeks.
The former Springbok prop Richard Bands had an operation on his pectoral muscles last week that looks to keep him on the side line for another six to eight weeks.
Bands injured himself against the Elephants in the early rounds of the Vodacom Cup and it is the same injury that will keep him out of the first stage of the Currie Cup.
Meanwhile, it is good to hear that the young flanker Pieter Meyer is recovering well after his knee operation, as the Vodacom Cup team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde says he will go through full rehabilitation before he starts playing again in 2009.
Meyer has torn the three ligaments in his knee, but Dr Daan du Plessis operated on him and the young fetcher is determined to come back in six month’s time stronger and fitter than he has ever been.Tweet