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    Cheetahs bank on Cassiem return

    2017-04-18 14:33

    Cape Town - Springbok flank Uzair Cassiem could make his return from injury for the Cheetahs when they tackle the Bulls in a Super Rugby clash in Pretoria on Saturday.

    Cassiem, who made his Springbok debut against Wales in Cardiff last year, picked up a knee injury in the Cheetahs’ first match against the Bulls, when the hosts won 34-28 in Bloemfontein on March 4.

    He has since missed four matches for the Cheetahs' but is expected to return for Saturday’s return clash at Loftus Versfeld.

    “The plan was always for me to make my return against the Bulls. I’ve trained hard and the rehabilitation has gone well. I’m looking forward to playing if I get selected,” Cassiem told Netwerk24.

    Meanwhile, the Cheetahs are sweating over the availability of flank Oupa Mohoje, who injured his back in last Saturday’s 41-27 loss to the Chiefs in Bloemfontein.

    Mohoje will undergo a scan on Tuesday to determine his availability.

    Calls will also be made later in the week on flyhalf Niel Marais and prop Ox Nche, who were also injured against the Chiefs.

    Marais sustained a hard knock to the knee, while Nche injured his upper leg.

    The Cheetahs are struggling in this year’s Super Rugby competition and boast only two wins from seven matches.

    They are third in Africa Conference 1 and sixth overall in the South African Group.

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