Cape Town - Southern Kings flyhallf Kurt Coleman has been ruled out of action for six months after suffering a fracture to his lower left leg.
Coleman was forced from the field in the 34th minute of the first half in the Kings narrow 36-34 loss to Treviso at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this past weekend.
There was some grim news regarding his condition from Southern Kings team doctor Lizanne Pieterse on Monday when she revealed that the flyhalf and playmaker had suffered a fracture to his lower left leg.
"Kurt was operated on on Sunday morning. The operation was without complications and he is recovering well but will unfortunately be out of action for six months as a result," said Pieterse.
The doctor also advised that wing Anthony Volmink had not yet recovered from an injury to his left knee and would not be available for the Kings next match against Munster.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Southern Kings head coach Deon Davids bemoaned his side's slow start to the game and said it had forced them into playing catch-up rugby in Port Elizabeth.
"I'm really disappointed with the result and, with all due respect to Benetton, I think this was a game that we lost more than what they won," he said.
"Our concentration was poor at the start and we let them get away and thereafter we just made too many basic and fundamental errors, like kicks not finding touch for instance. That allowed the opposition to stay in the game.
"I also thought Kurt Coleman was playing well for us and losing him during the first half also didn’t help our cause," he added.
The Kings take on Munster at the Outeniqua Park in George on Saturday, April 7.
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