Further setback for Smith

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Jan 2012 at 08:30
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Springbok flank Juan Smith has apparently suffered a setback in his recovery from a serious achilles injury sustained last year and has been withdrawn from the Cheetahs squad that is currently attending a week-long training camp in Jeffreys Bay.

The withdrawal came after Smith, who missed the majority of the 2011 season, including the World Cup, as a result of the injury, complained of pain in his ankle during training. The Cheetahs have described it as purely precautionary at this stage, although nothing is being left to chance, with the flanker set to have a scan in Bloemfontein before being flown to Cape Town to consults a specialist.

It was initially hoped that Smith would feature in the upcoming warm up fixtures, including the Cape Town clash against the Stormers; after the latest development, though, the big flanker is being pencilled in for a return against the Lions in the Super Rugby opener on 25 February.

Griquas loose forward Leon Karemaker has been added to the squad in Smith’s place.


  • Geez… hope he recovers in time. For the sake of the Bokke I mean.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.01.12 08:39:58 by Farlington Reply
  • Dam, he is so plagued by injuries, hope he recovers soon

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.01.12 08:52:14 by Mutley Reply
  • This injury seems to be goin on for a year now, maybe if its not healed by now it never will…

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.01.12 08:57:23 by mbay-shark Reply

  • Good luck Juan..

    This must be the most agonising thing for a player to go through, wanting to be on the field so badly and being held back by injuries.

    You have to feel for this man..

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.01.12 09:10:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Juan Smith needs to move to a bigger union.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.01.12 09:12:17 by lostfish Reply
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  • I am almost as torn as his achilles. I want Alberts to be our first choice for the boks but JS is also such a valuable player…

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.01.12 09:13:04 by King Shark Reply
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  • @mbay-shark (Comment 3) : I hope that is not the case. His experience can’t be ignored when it comes to National duty…although I’m not suggesting he gets selected on that bases alone. He will have to prove he still has what it takes.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.01.12 09:13:47 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 7) : He really has to prove that he still has it, there are a lot of younger guys just as good at the moment.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.01.12 09:16:58 by mbay-shark Reply

  • More like for years now, can’t believe that more serious attentions has not been given to his injury…. Especially after his withdrawal to the WC…
    But we don’t know all ye 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.01.12 09:24:26 by Franshark Reply
  • Hope it’s nothing more than a niggle. Get well soon Juan!

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.01.12 09:26:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 5) : Don’t you DARE suggest he becomes a Shark. 😛

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.01.12 10:02:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I really feel for this guy 🙁 Get well soon boertjie.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.01.12 11:19:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @mbay-shark (Comment 3) : I’m inclined to agree with you. Once an Achilles is proper stuffed-up, it’s proper stuffed up for good. 🙁

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.01.12 12:50:25 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @lostfish (Comment 5) : Juan Smith needs to retire while he can still walk and use his brain

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.01.12 12:55:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Maybe. He might fare better at a bigger union because he wouldn’t have to cover everyone else in the game. Look at Wilko at Newcastle and at how he has been able to concentrate on his own game at Toulon rather than trying to fill in all the gaps and getting injured all the time.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.01.12 12:59:14 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 15) : aaah…. paying the price now for carrying the side on his own through about 5 super rugby campaigns 🙂

    Too late to fix it now, though, IMO. I just hope they don’t make him Bok captain

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.01.12 13:02:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Agree 100%

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.01.12 13:17:16 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Maybe he should go play where the grass is a bit softer 😈 You can be certain that even if he manages to “fix” this problem he is going to sit with it again during the S15.

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.01.12 13:18:11 by mbay-shark Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : You know rugby players aren’t known/famous for their brains or thinking ability 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.01.12 13:20:51 by mbay-shark Reply

  • @mbay-shark (Comment 19) : Especially if you combine being a Free Stater AND being a rugby player. 😛

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.01.12 13:27:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : hahah you said it!

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.01.12 13:28:41 by mbay-shark Reply

  • that is bad really i hope he recovers soon 🙁

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.01.12 15:48:58 by chaz Reply


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