Sharks: McLeod out of Currie Cup with broken hip

2011-10-04 00:00

THE Sharks, already battling with their form and confidence, suffered a major blow yesterday when Springbok scrumhalf Charl McLeod was ruled out for the rest of the season with a fractured hip joint.

McLeod was injured during Saturday’s Currie Cup loss to Western Province and team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde yesterday confirmed that the lively scrumhalf will be out for the rest of the tournament.

“Charl suffered the injury early in the game, but played the full 80 minutes. He struggled with his kicking game, but we did not think the injury was serious … he was still sore this morning and we found he had fracture in the left hip joint.

“He will be seeing a specialist this week but his season is definitely over.”

Conrad Hoffman is the obvious replacement for McLeod, but Sharks coach John Plumtree may also consider using Frederic Michalak, who has played at scrumhalf for France, at the base of the scrum.

The Sharks, defending champions, are away to the Leopards at Royal Bafokeng on Saturday night and then meet the log-leading Lions in their final league game at King’s Park a week later. Van der Linde told The Witness yesterday that hooker Craig Burden (groin) and Ryan Kankowski (fracture hand) could be back for the Lions game.

“Craig is making good progress and we are expecting Ryan to have the pins removed from his hand on Wednesday. We are hoping they will both be ready for the Lions game.”

Plumtree said that he has dropped lock Alistair Hargreaves from the squad, but Van der Linde said the lock had also been battling with a niggling back injury.

“He has had a scan and we are waiting for the results,” Van der Linde said.

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