Bok flank back on crutches

2012-01-26 22:02

Cape Town - The Cheetahs' Springbok flank Juan Smith has undergone a follow-up operation to his Achilles but is expected to start training in two to three weeks' time.

The Volksblad newspaper reports that Smith went for an operation in Pretoria on Wednesday which has forced him back onto crutches but Cheetahs team doctor Ian Morris says there's no reason for concern.

While this setback will delay Smith's comeback and could see him miss the Cheetahs' overseas leg of the Super Rugby tournament, it will be beneficial for the flanker in the long run.

Morris is "positive and optimistic" that - despite this being Smith's fourth operation - he is on his way back to the playing field.

Morris says Smith's wounds must now heal before he could start practicing again in two or three weeks' time.

Reports from Volksblad earlier in the week which stated the flanker was on his way to the Cape to see a specialist were not true. He went to Pretoria instead.

Smith injured his Achilles in the Cheetahs' second Super Rugby clash against the Bulls on 25 February last year. He started jogging again at the start of this year but went to see a specialist in Pretoria on Monday after still feeling some pain. A scan was done and the decision to operate was taken.

"The scan showed some visible tissue damage. It was decided to rather re-open and clean the wound again. Now he just has to recover from the operation and then we'll look forward," said Morris.


  • Bulldozer - 2012-01-26 22:16

    Time to call it quits.

      john.swanepoel - 2012-01-27 00:05

      ha...he is still king.

      Steenbra - 2012-01-27 08:16

      For the first time I agree with Dozey!.. Health first.. I snapped a patella tendon and 5 yrs on it is still not the same.

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-26 22:40

    Keep on keeping on big fella. You are one of the greatest players ever. Never mind the comments of plonkers like Ballzlozer

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-26 22:44

      When last has he played more than 10-15 games a season? Come on, humour me. Very original nickname for me by the way. Idiot.

      Bokfan - 2012-01-26 22:57

      It the quality not the quantity 'zlozer

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-26 23:11

      Yes, and your abillity to walk properly after you turn 50.

      Thomas - 2012-01-27 00:58

      What Bulldozer is trying to tell you is it is very hard for anyone with such a serious injury to make a succesfull return to the game!! Plus as we would all love to see (Bulldozer included) Juan return as old, we know age is not on his side!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-27 07:03

      Thank you Thomas. He's one of the greatest ever, but has been plagued by injury throughout his career. It's going to influence him when he gets older. As simple as that.

      Nico - 2012-01-27 07:12

      agree with Bulldozer on this one, great player, but too injury prone of late, the players must also look at their ability to walk after the age of 40

      Lionel - 2012-01-27 07:22

      Morning All,another glorious day in the Cape,Dozer,kantfys hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha,the comments you made about Juan are the best things that you have ever said,well done my!!!Waneer gaan julle terug???

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-27 07:55

      More Lionel, lekker geslaap? Klim Maandag op die plane.

      Willie - 2012-01-27 08:43

      Kantfys.....hahahahaha man ek moet daai een onthou....well said Doze!!

      Saffa - 2012-01-27 08:51

      Agree with you Dozey and Lionel. No secret that most of us hoped Juan Smith would captain the Boks for the next 2 years at least......BUT: I can not see him returning to international rugby for an extended period of time. Never mind the tendon injury.....I reckon he is one concussion away from disaster as well. One of the greatests players, leaders and gentlemen to EVER grace the rugby field, anywhere in the WORLD - but sadly it seems as though his body might not be able to continue the rugby legacy that is Juan Smith - period. And damn it is SAD. We can still live in hope though - I betya he is.

  • Louis - 2012-01-26 23:14

    Great player when he was playing:I think this guy does not like Travelling(always injured when he must tour Boks or Cheetahs)perhaps he is scared of the "neighbour"jumping the fence after nine at night.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-01-27 06:02

    Why didnt he do it at the end of last season he would be almost okay now... but yes its time for these oldies to give up the goose hang up there playing boots, spend time with their families and let the young more fit people have a chance...

      Saffa - 2012-01-27 08:53

      I doubt he decides when he is operated on or not.......I reckon the medical specialists do that? Just a thought.

  • Christo - 2012-01-27 08:26

    That's what i call badluck

  • ReneBerndt651010 - 2012-01-27 08:38

    Do the honourable thing Juan! Fall on your sword!

  • legndkilla - 2012-01-27 08:52

    what a great player, unfortunately injuries are doing him in, i wish him all the best and hope he gets back to the Juan we all know and love

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