The Cell C Sharks Team Doctor has issued an injury report ahead of the start of the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament next week.
Currently, there is just one long term injury setback, while the rest of the players who have been spending time under the eyes of the medical staff are expected to be eased back into action over the coming weeks.
2017 Cell C Sharks player of the Year, Coenie Oosthuizen will sadly not be available for much of the Vodacom Super Rugby season. He returned home from the Springbok end of year tour in November last year after sustaining a knee injury against Ireland.
The ACL rupture is responding well to treatment and his rehabilitation is going very well. His expected return to play is 9 months.
His is the only severe, long term injury that the Cell C Sharks are treating, although there are a number of players who have had minor surgeries and other injuries that will keep them out of action for a few more weeks.
Loose-forward Jean-Luc du Preez underwent ankle surgery in November and is on track for a return to action in March.
Jeremy Ward, who was selected to play in both warm-up matches – against the Bulls and then Racing 22 this past weekend in Hong Kong – sadly suffered a hand fracture which has necessitated surgical fixation. The centre will be out for around eight weeks.
Scrumhalf Louis Schreuder is nursing a hamstring injury and his return is estimated at between four and six weeks.
Four other players are back in the mix and the good news is that they can be considered for selection to play the Lions in the Cell C Sharks opening Vodacom Super Rugby clash next Saturday.
Daniel du Preez, Akker van der Merwe, Michael Claassens and Jean Droste will be training with the team from next week and will be available for Super Rugby duty from week one.
Our Vodacom Super Rugby campaign starts off away from home against the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg in a shortened first week’s action where only two fixtures take place. The other sees the Stormers hosting the Jaguares.
We have an early bye in week two before hosting the 2014 champions, the Waratahs from Sydney, Australia at KINGS PARK on March 3rd.