Springbok lock Andries Bekker has definitely returned home from Cardiff because of injury, despite a potential storm brewing in Cape Town over problems in his personal life.
Bekker returned to Cape Town, from Cardiff, on Wednesday – where he was meant to have been part of the South African starting line-up to play Wales in a one-off Test on Saturday.
Rugby365.com has revealed that a foot injury has definitely forced Bekker home – despite rumours of problems in his personal life surfacing this week, prompting some to suggest that he had returned home to deal with these issues.
However, we can confirm that the Bok team management is aware of Bekker’s personal problems – which are set to be revealed in a weekly magazine later this week – but they regard those rumours as a “private matter” altogether.
The Bok management have decided not to get involved in the player’s personal life and have left it up to him and his family to resolve on their own.
Bekker suffered a foot injury when Bulls lock Danie Rossouw fell on him in the Super 14 Final in Soweto last Saturday, while he also had lower back problems this season.
Further to that, rugby365.com also confirmed that Bekker has played with a serious hand injury for the last month and is now likely to miss the rest of South Africa’s June internationals – at least – which could put him in doubt for the 2010 Tri-Nations.
The 26-year-old lock underwent scans for his foot injury before his departure to Cardiff last Sunday and was fitted with a moon boot, to help reduce swelling on the flight over to the United Kingdom.
However, by Tuesday the swelling and bruising had not subsided and the player was still in substantial discomfort – prompting team management to fly over Bulls captain, and Bok veteran, Victor Matfield as his replacement.
Courtesy or Rugby 365.com editor Jan De Koning.Tweet