Cape Town - Springbok wing Ruan Combrinck has reportedly suffered another injury setback which is set to keep him sidelined for an extended period.
According to SA Rugbymag.co.za, Combrinck injured his shoulder while playing for his Japanese club, Kintetsu Liners, last weekend and will return to South Africa for surgery.
Earlier this year, the Lions wing was sidelined with a shoulder injury for large parts of Super Rugby, before returning with a bang towards the latter part as the men from Johannesburg reached the final.
He was not included in the Springbok squad this year, with coach Allister Coetzee saying the player did not have enough game time.
Combrinck’s injury likely means that he will not be in contention for the Springboks’ year-end tour to Europe.
The 27-year-old, who can operate at wing and fullback, played seven Tests for the Springboks in 2016.
*Sport24 contacted Combrinck for an update on his injury but the player was yet to respond at the time of publishing.