Deysel back in action in six weeks

2009-03-10 00:00

JEAN Deysel, the Sharks’ bulldozing flank forward, should be back in action in mid-April and available for the last half-dozen Super 14 games of the season.

Deysel, who went down with a knee injury in the opening minutes of the Sharks’ opening tour match against the Chiefs in Hamilton, is back in Durban.

Rudolf Straeuli, the Sharks commercial manager, confirmed the original diagnosis yesterday that Deysel suffered a grade two medial ligament strain.

“This means he will be out for between four and six weeks, depending on how his rehab goes.”

A break of six weeks would see Deysel ready for the match against the Crusaders in Durban on April 18, but with the Sharks having their bye on April 25, he could be kept back another

fortnight and then play in the final three round-robin games against the Highlanders (May 2), Waratahs (May 9) and Bulls (May 16).

The semi-finals of the Super 14 are on the weekend of May 22/23.

The extent of replacement lock Alistair Hargreaves’s ankle injury is not yet known.

“It doesn’t look good,” Straeuli said, “but he only gets back to Durban tomorrow and he will then be medically assessed by our doctors.”

Bok centre Waylon Murray is almost ready to return to action, Straeuli said.

Murray was to have flown to New Zealand after the Sharks’ first game, but his recovery was slower than expected and he stayed on in Durban for further treatment.

“Another week and he will be back playing,” said Straeuli. “He could fly to Perth for the Sharks’ last tour game [against the Force] on March 21 if we have any injury problems in Brisbane this weekend. But if not, he may play for the Sharks XV in a Vodacom Cup match that weekend and then he will be ready to rejoin the Super 14 squad when they get back to Durban.”

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