Bok scrumhalf Faf a doubt for year-end tour

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Faf de Klerk (Gallo)
Faf de Klerk (Gallo)

Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk's availability for the year-end tour is in doubt as he waits on news of possible hip surgery.

De Klerk suffered the injury during the first Test against the British & Irish Lions and aggravated it during the recent Rugby Championship Tests against Australia and New Zealand.

He played 66 minutes in South Africa's 31-29 victory over the All Blacks in Gold Coast, but may now miss the year-end Tests against Wales, Scotland and England in November.

De Klerk has undergone scans on his hip and the results are being examined by a specialist.

If De Klerk is to go under the knife, he faces and extended period on the sidelines.

Sale Sharks director of rugby Alex Sanderson confirmed the news, but remains hopeful for a favourable prognosis on his player.

"Faf is currently undergoing assessment for his hip-flexor injury which was sustained in the Lions Test and has become more severe recently, but we need to get clarity on that. There are concerns that it could be months but we need confirmation. We have to wait for the right assessments, otherwise it is scaremongering, and we have had all the scans sent over," Sanderson said, as quoted by the RTE website.

"They are with the consultant in London right now and we have all his previous reports. They want to see it all before they make a decision about rehab, surgery or crack on. Those are three options but we haven't had the decision yet.

"I am speculating as a rugby coach and it is frustrating when someone comes back injured, but surely there can't be any coaches or organisations out there that set out to deliberately injure people. I don't believe that is the case."

Herschel Jantjies and Cobus Reinach are the other scrumhalves in the Springbok squad.

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