Sharks: none of the injuries picked up against Cheetahs prove too serious

2011-02-22 00:00

IT was good news on the medical front for the Sharks yesterday with none of their players picking up serious injuries in their 24-9 Super Rugby win over the Cheetahs in Durban at the weekend.

Captain John Smit was a late withdrawal from the Cheetahs game “with a tight calf muscle”, while both scrumhalf Charl Mcleod and flank Jacques Botes left the field with injuries.

Sharks team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde told The Witness last night that all three could be ready to face the Blues at King’s Park on Saturday.

Mcleod, who was limping heavily after the game, suffered a badly bruised calf muscle, but Van der Linde said he will definitely be fit on Saturday and will train today.

There were fears that Botes, who left the field with a bad facial cut, might also have broken ribs.

“We have done the scans and there was no fracture. There is some minor damage to the rib cartilage and he and John Smit will have fitness tests on Thursday to see whether they will be available for the Blues game.”

The Sharks doctor said that flank Jean Deysel, recovering from a knee injury, is on course to return within the next two to three weeks.

“He will probably have a run with the Sharks’ Vodacom Cup side before returning to Super Rugby,” Van der Linde said.

Lock Ross Skeate, over his fractured finger, is also expected to be available this weekend.

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