Currie Cup

Triple injury blow for WP

2014-09-29 14:12
Ruan Botha (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Western Province have suffered three big injuries ahead of the business-end of the 2014 Currie Cup competition.

Lock Ruan Botha (high ankle injury) will miss the remainder of the season, whilst fellow lock Jean Kleyn (AC Joint) will be out for three to four weeks, as will fullback Cheslin Kolbe (transverse process).

“It’s all part of the game, I guess, but I have faith in those guys coming in - despite the initial disappointment of losing Ruan, Jean and Cheslin. In Cheslin’s case, a vertebrae injury sounds worse than it is. But I am hopeful of him (Cheslin) still playing a part in the 2014 Currie Cup if his injury responds well," coach Allister Coetzee told the WP Rugby website.

In more welcome news for the Currie Cup log-leaders, lock/flank Rynhardt Elstadt is back from suspension, while flyhalf/fullback Dillyn Leyds has joined the team at training after returning from Perth to take up his contract with Western Province.

WP will travel to Bloemfontein to take on the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday (kick-off 14:00).

The full Western Province injury report:

- Lock Ruan Botha (high ankle injury) will spend six weeks in a moon boot, before undergoing six weeks of rehabilitation after that.
- Lock Jean Kleyn (AC Joint) is out for three to four weeks.
- Fullback Cheslin Kolbe faces a three to four week lay-off with a slight fracture to the vertebrae (exact medical term: transverse process).
- Centre Michael van der Spuy (hip pointer) is making better progress after the weekend and will be assessed again on Tuesday. He should be training fully again by Thursday.
- Hooker Tiaan Liebenberg (back) will be reviewed on a week-to-week basis.
- Lock Gerbrandt Grobler (shoulder) is still a few weeks away from being considered for selection, while fellow lock Tazz Fuzani (broken arm) will not be available for selection again this year.

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