Bok star Etzebeth describes broken finger incident: 'The bone actually came through the skin'

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Eben Etzebeth. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
Eben Etzebeth. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Star Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth has shed more light on the finger injury he suffered during a Toulon training session two weeks ago.

Etzebeth broke his finger in the incident which led to fears that he won't be fit in time for the Springboks' series against the British & Irish Lions.

However, it was revealed over the weekend that the burly lock would be ready in time to face the Lions.

In an interview on 'The Rugby Pod', Etzebeth told co-hosts Jim Hamilton and Andy Goode that he expected to be ready to return to action for his French club in May.

"I just came on a line off 9 (the scrumhalf). There wasn't even contact. The ball and the guy, it was almost like shadow. It was shadow rugby and ball and the guy in front came at the same time," he said describing the incident.

"I almost tried to catch the ball with one hand and stop the guy in front with the other and somehow my finger got caught. The bone actually came through the skin... so I saw it and I was like oops and I ran to the physio's room and it got operated on the same day."

Etzebeth added that the incident was "quite a weird".

"I will probably be playing three, four weeks again. Like with rugby, any injury is sometimes a blessing so the body gets a bit of a rest. There is still a big year ahead, otherwise all good in France. Missing the family back home with Covid rules otherwise it is good."

Meanwhile another Springbok lock, RG Snyman, is also on the road to recovery since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on debut for Irish club Munster last August.

But the 26-year-old has now progressed to the final stages of his rehabilitation and could return to full squad training next week.

There is, however, serious doubt over other second rower Lood de Jager, who recently underwent an operation after a leg fracture suffered on the training ground at his English club Sale Sharks. He was ruled out for 14 weeks at the beginning of April and will be a doubt for the Lions series.

The British & Irish Lions' tour is scheduled between 3 July and 7 August.

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