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    Goosen on long recovery road

    2013-03-26 22:17
    Cape Town - Springbok and Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen underwent reconstructive knee surgery in Pretoria on Monday after seeing an orthopedic specialist for a second opinion.

    Dr Daan du Plessis, himself a former Springbok prop, confirmed the severity of the injury and immediately decided to operate.

    Goosen last week tore ligaments in his right knee after slipping while practicing his goal-kicks in Sydney, Australia. His kicking coach, Bertus Pretorius, confirmed to the Volksblad website that a reconstructive procedure was performed.

    Goosen arrived in South Africa last Thursday and visited Du Plessis on Monday to make sure an operation was necessary.

    "The reconstruction went well and Dr Daan is very happy," said Pretorius.

    Goosen, 20, is expected to be out of action for between six and nine months.

    This is Goosen's third long-term injury within a year after injuries to his shoulder and left knee kept him sidelined for long periods in 2012.

    Goosen returned to Bloemfontein on Tuesday and, according to Pretorius, remains positive.

    Cheetahs assistant coach Hawies Fourie is also confident the young star will bounce back in future. Fourie said the fact that Goosen is still young gives him time to recover and have a successful career.

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