FULLBACK SP Marais, who played a prominent role in the Sharks’ Currie Cup triumph this year, will miss the start of the Super Rugby campaign in February. Sharks team doctor Alan Kourie yesterday released a medical update and confirmed that Marais, after undergoing recent shoulder surgery, will be out for 10 to 12 weeks. “SP had a small fracture inside the shoulder joint and the medical team opted to have it fixed now. It is an injury that takes around 10 to 12 weeks to heal. The hope is that he doesn’t miss more than two Super Rugby games, depending on his response to rehab.” Marais, a signing from the EP Kings, was the Sharks’ regular fullback in the Currie Cup and was in excellent form in the Currie Cup final at Newlands. The Sharks have also lost their two fullbacks who played in this year’s Super Rugby competition — Louis Ludik and Riaan Viljoen — to overseas clubs while head coach Jake White has indicated that Pat Lambie will only play at flyhalf in his team. He has other options, with Frans Steyn, Odwa Ndungane, Jaco van Tonder and Western Province U21 flyhalf Tim Swiel the most obvious. The injury to Frans Steyn’s knee is being managed, said Kourie. “He had a clean-out just after the Currie Cup final, where a small amount of meniscus was removed. He should be ready to join training in early January.” Lock Anton Bresler, who injured his shoulder early in the year, is also battling his way back to action. “He is responding satisfactorily to rehab after his arthroscopy two weeks ago following a complication to his surgery earlier this year,” said Kourie. “He is not expected to return until the new year when, if all goes well, he will be back in full training.” Another player on an extended injury break is talented centre Paul Jordaan who suffered a serious knee ligament injury in the early rounds of Super Rugby this year. “Seven months have elapsed since his ACL injury and he has another two months before the ligament is 100% right,” the team doctor said. Former Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga, dogged by injury during his career, has been training with the squad and hopes to be included in White’s Super Rugby squad, but he is still battling fitness problems and this could rule him out.