Cape Town - Currie Cup log-leaders, the Golden Lions, have been dealt a massive blow with in-form wing Ruan Combrinck ruled out for the season with a knee injury.
Combrinck, 25, sustained the injury in last weekend’s 73-31 annihilation of the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
He will undergo surgery on Wednesday and won’t play rugby again this year.
Meanwhile, the Lions will breathe a sigh relief after flank Jaco Kriel was cleared fit for their clash against Western Province in Johannesburg on Friday (18:00 kick-off).
Kriel, who captained the Lions against the Cheetahs, injured his calf muscle but it won’t keep him out of the WP clash.
In other injury news, centre Howard Mnisi will make no contact for two days due to an eye injury, but he will be available to face the Capetonians.
Prop Jacques van Rooyen (head laceration) and centre Rohan van Rensburg (eye) will also both be given two days off.
In more good news, flyhalf Jaco van der Walt is available for selection after recovering from a knee injury.