Smith racing against time to heal heel in time for Bok selection

2011-03-02 00:00

THERE is a fairly good chance that Juan Smith may be able to recuperate in time for this year’s World Cup in New Zealand.

The Springbok flank underwent surgery to his Achilles on Monday after sustaining a partial tear of the tendon in Friday night’s Super Rugby match against the Bulls.

It is expected that the Cheetahs captain will be fit again in about six months. He is expected to be ready for action in August.

The opening match of the World Cup is on September 9 and the Springboks play their first game against Wales on September 11.

It was initially feared that Smith’s Achilles tendon had been completely torn and that he would miss the showpiece altogether.

While Monday’s news was better than anticipated, Smith will be in a race against time to make the deadline for the selection of the Boks’ World Cup squad.

Cheetahs team doctor Ian Morris said that the operation went well and that things are looking encouraging for the Bok.

“We are planning on having him fit for the World Cup. There is definitely a chance that he can recover in time. If everything goes well, six months is not an unreasonable recovery period. He will be able to play in August and the World Cup starts at the beginning of September,” said Morris, who helped with the operation.

Smith will not train at all for the next two months and will start with rehabilitation after that period. If there are no further complications, he should be ready in August.

His injury so early in the Super Rugby season may well be a blessing in disguise for the Boks. Had it happened any later, he would definitely have been ruled out of the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the Cheetahs will not field Springbok flank Heinrich Brüssow against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.

Brüssow made his return from a knee injury for Free State’s Vodacom Cup team against the Falcons last Friday. He only played for 40 minutes after being on the sidelines for almost a year.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.