Promising Sharks fullback Aphelele Fassi will be sidelined for three to four months after undergoing shoulder surgery.
According to Rapport newspaper, the 22-year-old had been earmarked to play for the Springboks against Georgia in July, but the Test was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fassi looked set to form part of the Springboks' Rugby Championship squad but will likely not be fit. It also remains unclear if the Boks will play in the event scheduled to start on 7 November in Australia.
Fassi will miss the Sharks' match against the Bulls on 'Super Fan Saturday' at Loftus Versfeld next weekend, the Green v Gold Springbok Showdown at Newlands the following weekend, as well as the start of the Super Rugby Unlocked domestic event.
The Afrikaans weekly added that Sharks wingers S'bu Nkosi (sternum) and Madosh Tambwe (thigh muscle) and hooker Kerron van Vuuren (chest muscle) are also struggling with injuries and will miss the Super Fan Saturday match and the Springbok Showdown.
It's uncertain whether Nkosi will recover in time for the start of Super Rugby Unlocked. Tambwe is expected to return to action in a few weeks' time, while Van Vuuren - who had surgery a month ago - should be able to train again in two weeks' time.
- Compiled by Sport24 staff