Springbok lock RG Snyman is making good progress on the knee injury he suffered on debut for Irish club Munster in August.
Snyman, a member of the Springboks' victorious 2019 Rugby World Cup squad, tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) just seven minutes into his Munster debut when he fell awkwardly after poaching a Leinster lineout.
The 25-year-old, who was signed by Munster alongside fellow Springbok Damian de Allende, was ruled out for up to nine months.
Snyman told Munster's YouTube channel that even though the injury was a big setback, he was doing well with his rehab.
"It was a bit of a surprise and a disaster for me, because it's not the way I wanted to start my career with Munster. Especially with only being here for a short time and with Covid, not being able to get to know everyone, I wanted to build up the respect of the team and my team-mates. Obviously going off after five or seven minutes is not the perfect way to do that," he said.
"[In] saying that, everyone has been very supportive. I must say, everyone has made it a little bit easier. It is a bit difficult, trying to get to know everyone in lockdown especially, if you can't go and visit anyone. Luckily, around here everyone is friendly and very welcoming.
"We are making a lot of progress with it. I must say Ray (McGinley, Munster physiotherapist), who is doing the rehab with me, is very good. I have actually started working a bit harder in the gym, for a change. I am not a big fan of the gym, to be honest, so this is a good time for me to improve a bit on my gym work. It's actually good to be excited to go to the gym for a change."
Snyman, who played for the Bulls between 2015 and 2019, boasts 23 Tests.
- Compiled by Sport24 staff