There’s some good news on the injury front this week, with Ryan Kankowski the first of the “long-term casualties” to make his way back to fitness.
According to the Sharks website, the lanky number 8, who broke his thumb against the Bulls in the opening round of Super Rugby, should feature for the Sharks XV against the EP Kings this weekend. Assuming he comes through that encounter unscathed, with the benefit of another week to get fit while the Sharks enjoy their bye, Kankowski should come back into Super Rugby contention ahead of the round 11 clash against the Highlanders.
Beast Mtawarira appears to be recovering faster than expected from his ankle break as well, with a return some time towards the middle of next month likely at this stage. Julian Redelinghuys, who suffered a similar injury a few weeks after Beast did, is still 5 weeks away from a return, so he should come into contention a week or two after the big Bok.
The news on Ross Skeate is less good, though; the lock forward has confirmed via Twitter that he’ll be out until at least June after undergoing neck surgery.Tweet