Argentine lock Manuel Carizza looks to be fit to rejoin the Stormers ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Sharks in Durban, news that will certainly put a smile on coach Allister Coetzee’s face, after he’s been forced to limp along with a makeshift second row for much of the season.
The news isn’t all good on the injury front, however; with captain Jean de Villiers already ruled out for the rest of the campaign, another back will join him on the sideline, with exciting young winger Kobus van Wyk picking up a wrist injury that will rule him out of this weekend’s match.
In perhaps the biggest blow, though, the team may loose another leader in vice captain Schalk Burger, who hurt his neck against the Cheetahs last weekend and has been under observation at the Bok camp this week. According to Coetzee, a call on Burger’s availability will be made late in the week, with the odds slightly against him being fit to play.
Complicating matters for the Stormers this week, more than a third of their anticipated match-day squad are currently with the Boks in Durban and will only return to Cape Town tomorrow. This will, in effect, mean no more than a single captain’s run on Friday to serve as preparation for Saturday’s big derby.Tweet