Bismarck’s injury minor

2010-01-16 00:00

BISMARCK du Plessis, the Springbok hooker, sent a flutter through the Sharks’ camp on Thursday when he went down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury during a scrummaging session at Michaelhouse.

But Sharks team doctor Craig Roberts told the Weekend Witness yesterday that the injury did not appear as serious as was first thought.

“It could have been really nasty, the way he went down as the scrum engaged, and our initial fear was that Bismarck had damaged knee ligaments. But he was feeling a lot better this morning and it looks like it is a soft tissue injury. He has gone back to his family farm in the Free State this weekend, but he’ll have a scan on Monday just to confirm that the injury is indeed minor.”

Roberts said the other injured Sharks players were all showing encouraging signs, with new signing from the Lions, outside back Louis Ludik, the only player likely to miss the Super 14 opener against the Chiefs in Durban on February 13.

Ludick underwent a second operation on his knee last month and Roberts said he had recovered well.

“Louis is in his final stages of rehabilitation, but he probably won’t be ready for the start of the Super 14. He should definitely be available during the early weeks of the competition.”

Ruan Pienaar, a scrumhalf to most and a flyhalf to some, has also recovered quickly from the knee surgery which followed the Springbok tour in November.

“He has had a really good week and we are now building up his strength in the knee and hoping he will be ready for the start of the Super 14. Deon Carstens is another who has come back strongly after having a scope,” said the Sharks and Springbok team doctor.

Roberts, who was with the Sharks at their week-long training camp at Balgowan, said a number of players were suffering from minor ailments but said that the general fitness of the Sharks was excellent.

“The Boks have all had a reasonably long break of five or six weeks after their tour to Europe, and they all appear revitalised.”

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