Western Province, already without several key players, may also lose the services of fiery Springbok flank Schalk Burger for the remainder of the Currie Cup season.
A report on the WP website said that Burger’s participation in the Currie Cup competition is “in doubt” after he sustained a rib injury during the Boks’ 32-29 Tri-Nations victory over the All Blacks in Hamilton at the weekend.
Burger left the field in the 67th minute, clutching his side and looking in considerable pain.
“I think one of my ribs is broken. You can feel the bone sticking out here,” Burger told reporters afterwards.
The news of Burger’s injury on Monday coincided with the news that Province flyhalf Willem de Waal will undergo neck surgery and will be ruled out till next year.
WP coach Allister Coetzee told reporters on Monday a complication with his initial injury has required surgery.
He now joins centre Morgan Newman and lock Adriaan Fondse as long-term injury losses – with All Black lock Chris Jack also having returned to New Zealand.
Bok lock Andries Bekker, who is recovering from a shoulder injury incurred in the Tri-Nations, will also miss Friday’s trip to Potchefstroom for a Round 11 encounter with the Leopards.
The good news is that hooker Tiaan Liebenberg has passed a fitness test, after missing the last two games with a knee injury.
Lock Anton van Zyl (ribs) and wing Tonderai Chavhanga (head) have both been cleared from serious injury – sustained in last Saturday’s devastating 23-29 defeat to the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein – although both sat out training on Monday.
Scrumhalf Ricky Januarie is likely to be the only member of the victorious Bok Tri-Nations squad that will feature in Potch.
Jean de Villiers is leaving for Munster later this week and won’t feature in the Currie Cup this season either.
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