Concern over Vermeulen grows
Cape Town - Springbok
and Stormers No 8 Duane Vermeulen was due to meet with a neurosurgeon
at 14:00 on Monday as concern over his availability for the rest of
Super Rugby as well as this year’s Rugby World Cup intensifies.
will certainly miss Saturday’s clash against the Sharks in Durban, and the
Stormers said on Monday that they would provide an update on their captain’s
condition as soon as possible - either on Monday afternoon or on Tuesday
pulled out of Saturday’s clash against the Lions at Newlands with a neck spasm
that was later identified as a bulging disc at C5 level. Whether or not he
requires surgery would be determined by the neurosurgeon.
Allister Coetzee obviously wants his leader available as soon as possible, but
he does not view the prospect of going through the rest of the campaign without
Vermeulen as detrimental to the Stormers’ title challenge.
grown as a group. We have overcome that mentality by trusting the squad and
backing our squad system,” said Coetzee.
“A guy like
Nizaam Carr has done really well. This Stormers team is bigger than that at
this point in time. We’ve got a good group of players and we back each and
every player stepping up.”
news for the Stormers, meanwhile, is that flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis appears to
have come through his Jaco Kriel-induced concussion relatively unscathed.
really feeling good,” Coetzee said of his playmaker.
his test today (Monday) and we’ll wait for his results but already he’s feeling
much better, less symptoms. There’s no nausea, there’s no light-headedness.
He’ll be training tomorrow already and then we’ll get further feedback from
added that it depended on the test results whether or not Catrakilis would be
available for the Sharks, but with his decision to give opportunities to fringe
players on Saturday that seems unlikely.
Saturday is at 19:10.