De Jongh, Botha blows for Stormers

    2015-05-04 14:17

    Cape Town - Stormers lock Ruan Botha has been ruled out of Saturday’s Super Rugby clash with the Brumbies at Newlands, while centre and vice-captain Juan de Jongh is an injury doubt.

    Botha suffered an ankle injury in the 25-17 loss to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last Saturday, while De Jongh suffered a hip pointer injury which saw him leave the field in the 23rd minute.

    According to the Stormers' official website, Botha has torn ankle ligaments and could be out for three to six weeks.

    He is in a moonboot at the moment, but at the Springbok training camp until Wednesday evening. The Stormers team doctor will see him on Thursday to make a final call on the length of his layoff, but he is definitely out of action this week.

    De Jongh has a hip pointer injury. It’s normally a 10-day injury, but more will be known about his availability when he returns from the Bok training camp.

    Meanwhile, utility back Jaco Taute is available after recovering from a knee injury but the initial plan is for him to play 40 minutes for Western Province in the Vodacom Cup.

    Saturday’s clash at Newlands kicks off at 17:05.

    Stormers players on the long-term injury list:

    - Flank Michael Rhodes (hamstring) is on the mend from his injury, but he is still about three weeks away from a return to action.

    - Wing Kobus van Wyk (knee) has started with rehabilitation after coming out of his knee brace, but is still on track for a return against the Lions (on June 6).

    - Flank Rynhardt Elstadt (ankle/leg injury - maisonneuve fracture) has started with rehabilitation, but will not be available in Super Rugby this year.

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