Cheetahs loose forward Heinrich Brüssow may be out of rugby for up to six weeks after suffering an ankle injury.
Brüssow, who has been outstanding in the Currie Cup champions’ recent matches, suffered sprained ligaments in the ankle near the end of the match against the Falcons on Friday night.
The Cheetahs won 55-14 but the injury spoiled a fine performance.
Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that the dynamic flanker’s work on the ground has been a thorn in the flesh for all other teams this season.
The coaching staff will hope he returns in time for the big matches in September, maybe against Western Province or the Sharks.
However, the Free Staters have good depth among the loose forwards and coach Naka Drotské will be able to select a formidable combination to play Boland in Wellington on Saturday.
Regular captain Hendro Scholtz should return after recovering from a neck injury.
Another star loose forward, Duane Vermeulen, returned from a neck injury last week and immediately showed good form.
In addition, Kabamba Floors won the man of the match award in his 50th match for the Cheetahs. He could have scored more than the two tries he got.
Drotské said the team’s attacking approach in the second half had suited Floors’s style of play.
The Cheetahs have also invited 29-year-old Nico Breedt, who has played abroad for the past three years, to join the squad on Monday. He could fill the vacancy left by Darron Nell’s departure.
Breedt, a physical kind of player, can also be employed at lock. With uncertainty remaining about the future plans of Vermeulen and Floors, he may have an important role during the rest of the season.
Flyhalf Chris Rossouw, who picked up a groin injury and bump to the head during the match against the Falcons, should be fit to play against the Cavaliers.
Centre Meyer Bosman is also likely to be available after recovering from a hamstring problem.Tweet