Bulls: Only light strains on injury list

2013-04-16 00:00

CAPE TOWN — There was no serious injury concern following the Bulls’ 26-20 Super Rugby win over the Cheetahs on the weekend, but a number of players picked up light strains, team doctor Org Strauss said yesterday.

Akona Ndungane (knee), Jano Vermaak (hamstring), Deon Stegmann (hamstring) and Jacques Potgieter (groin) will only train tomorrow, but all should be available for their first-time clash with the Kings on Saturday in Port Elizabeth. Kick-off is at 7.10 pm.

Bjorn Basson and Francois Hougaard (both ankle), who was sent home from tour, will also train tomorrow.

The news that Frans Venter will be out for two months due to a groin operation this week, is offset with Wynand Olivier returning to the fray next week. The most experienced midfielder in the competition is recovering well from a knee operation.

The injury list as supplied by Strauss is: Grant Hattingh (thumb fracture, 4 weeks), Wynand Olivier (Grade 2 MCL knee, 1 week), Marcel van der Merwe (PCL/MCL knee, ready May 6), Zane Kirchner (finger operation, 4 weeks), Cornell Hess (ACL/LCL knee, 6-8 months), Francois Venter (Sportsman’s groin, 8 weeks) and Jean Cook (ankle, 1 week).

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