Pretoria - The Bulls will be without
Springbok hooker Bandise Maku for the Super Rugby season after he tore his
pectoral muscle in Saturday's opening friendly match against the Cheetahs in
Maku will have surgery on February 3 and
will be ruled out of action for between four and six months, Bulls team doctor
Org Strauss confirmed on Monday.
The Polokwane clash last year saw a season-ending
injury to flank Arno Botha, but the Springbok this time came through the match
with only a tight hamstring. He will be able to train on Tuesday, but will not
travel to London where the Bulls take on Saracens this weekend.
Akona Ndungane is another who will miss the
London trip due to a calf strain. He will be out of action for two weeks. Dean
Greyling suffered an ankle sprain and will be out for two weeks at least,
Trevor Nyakane, who was a late withdrawal
in the Polokwane clash due to a back spasm, is fit as is Handre Pollard who
returned to training on Monday.
Hanro Liebenberg (quad contusion), JJ
Engelbrecht (quad/knee contusion) and Lappies Labuschagne (shoulder spasm) will
all train on Tuesday.
Maku has been added to the long term injury
list, where he joins Flip van der Merwe (pectoral, mid-April), Hencus van Wyk
(lisfranc fracture dislocation, end of February), Pierre Schoeman (ACL rupture
knee, July 15), Adriaan Strauss (calf, February 9) and Jason Jenkins (quad, February