If reports are to be believed, things aren’t looking good for big Johann Muller, with the former Sharks captain looking increasingly unlikely to play any further part in this year’s Currie Cup.
Muller has endured a pretty wretched season. In May, he had to watch as his team capitulated in the most alarming way, dropping from top of the Super 14 table to missing out on the semi-finals altogether. Captaining the side to a frankly embarrassing reversal against the British Lions came next, followed by the first of two bad defeats to Western Province. In that first match, he broke his forearm.
My feeling was that he was rushed back altogether too soon after that injury, returning 6 weeks later for the return fixture. The hoodoo remained, however, as Province duly did the double, leaving Muller 0/2 as Currie Cup captain and on a four-match losing streak as skipper in all competitions. The timing of Andries Bekker’s injury meant that Muller was called up to the Bok tour squad and I feel that this ultimately did more harm than good for the big fella. Three weeks carrying tackle bags masked the fact that his arm had not healed correctly and it was only when he started taking some contact, when returning to the Sharks, that it became apparent that something was wrong. Apparently one of the pins that was inserted is causing irritation and every time he takes contact, the arm becomes inflamed and sore.
The prognosis at this stage is not clear, but the chances aren’t good that he’ll play again this season.
The news is better regarding John Smit. The Bok captain looks set to be included in the Sharks team for this weekend’s crucial trip to Kimberley and one would hope that he’d be able to play at least the last 20 minutes, to help the Sharks close out a vital win.Tweet