Johannesburg - Golden Lions hooker Robbie Coetzee will undergo surgery in
Durban on Friday, in order to reduce the pain in his neck and prepare him for the
2015 Super Rugby tournament.
Coetzee, who was recently called up to the
Springbok touring squad but returned back to South Africa as a result of recurring neck pain, will undergo a
micro-discectomy whereby a small piece of disc will be removed from his neck to
reduce the pressure on a nerve. This should relieve his discomfort immediately.
According to team doctor, Rob Collins,
the operation will be a good long-term solution and Coetzee is expected to make
his return early in the 2015 season.
“Provided all goes well with the surgery,
we expect Robbie to be training with the team in the next few weeks, and he
will be able to play early in the Super Rugby season,” Collins told the Lions' official website.