- The Cheetahs have been given a double setback with the news that two of their
midfielders will be out for between two and three months.
According to SuperSport.com,
midfielders William Small-Smith and Joubert Engelbrecht both underwent operations
on Wednesday to repair injuries sustained in the Super Rugby campaign and are
only expected to be back in action after the June break in Super Rugby.
Small-Smith’s luck with
injuries continues to dog him as he was just starting to get his stride when he
injured a toe during the loss to the Lions a fortnight ago.
Engelbrecht replaced him for
the game against the Brumbies but tore a pectoral muscle in the match and also
Coach Franco Smith has put
the injuries down “to part of the game of rugby” and has been searching for a
replacement ahead of this weekend’s match against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.
Initially it seemed he would
bring in Sevens Springbok Ryno Benjamin but he is also returning from an injury
and may not be risked for the game.
The other option is Shimlas
midfielder Nico Lee or Tertius Kruger, both who could be brought in for the
The Cheetahs have already
lost Michael van der Spuy to a neck strain that will keep him out for a lengthy
“We always knew we would get
injuries, that is part of the game,” said Smith. “It is all part of the process
of growing this squad and it gives opportunities to other players, it is all
part of that process.”
The Cheetahs will name their
team to face the Bulls later on Thursday.
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