Elstadt's S15 season over?
Cape Town - The 2015 Super Rugby season has seemingly come to an end for Rynhardt Elstadt, who established himself as a key member of the ever-improving Stormers pack.
Tests done on his injured leg on Monday revealed that he has three torn ligaments and a broken bone in his lower right leg.
After surgery, Elstadt, who has proved his mettle both as a lock and flank, is likely out the game for at least four months according to Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.
"Elstadt has suffered a maisonneuve fracture and our medics say he's likely to be out for four months which means he could start out again at the end of May," Coetzee told the media at a briefing session in Bellville on Monday.
"If one thinks of the play-offs there may be time for him to make a return to Super Rugby. It is a big blow for us."
More bad news coming out of the Stormers camp is that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth (chest) and wing Kobus van Wyk (calf) will not be in the selection frame for the weekend's game against the Lions in Johannesburg.
"Eben was assessed this morning (Monday) and he is still a bit sensitive.
"He has been looking good at training but one can see he is still restricting certain movements," said Coetzee.
"Kobus is still not ready and there is no need to put him at risk. We need to be fully satisfied that he is match fit."
On the plus side, Springbok Frans Malherbe is raring to go and has recovered fully from his long-term ankle injury.
"Frans is looking good and he will be considered for the Lions game," said Coetzee.
"He will be returning from a long layoff and he could be joined by lock Manuel Carizza.
"We'll look at Manuel on Tuesday and then make a call but he is in a far better shape than Eben."
Meanwhile, lock Jean Kleyn (hamstring) and fullback/centre Jaco Taute (knee) also remain on the injury list.
The Stormers are expected to name their team for their clash with the Lions on Thursday.