Jean de Villiers should be fit enough to train with his Springboks team-mates on Tuesday said team doctor Craig Roberts after De Villiers missed Monday’s session because of a groin injury.
De Villiers sat out the field session after feeling tightness in the area during Saturday’s 23-21 victory over Ireland.
“It is an acute muscle strain – not a tear – and it’s just a bit sore,” said Roberts. “We have to be clever in how we manage him and he should be fine to train tomorrow [Tuesday].”
Meanwhile looseforward Willem Alberts resumed running on Monday after missing the first week of training with a calf muscle problem sustained in the Absa Currie Cup final.
“It is a minor calf strain and he did some running today and I am really pleased with him,” said Dr Roberts. “We’ll continue to monitor him in the hope that he will be fit to play on Saturday if selected.”
Alberts was named in the squad for Saturday’s Test against Ireland but did not recover sufficiently in time to take his place.
Assistant coach Dick Muir meanwhile welcomed the arrival of Frans Steyn into the squad. Steyn joined the group from Paris on Sunday and immediately slotted in to Monday’s session.
“We miss him when he is not with us,” said Muir. “He covers a number of positions and gives us lots of options in selection, especially with so many centres currently unavailable through injury.
“He can play 10, 12 or 15 and like Jean de Villiers is pretty flexible. I could see them playing together in the centres but we’ll have to weigh up all our options in selection.”
The Springbok team will be named on Tuesday at 12h30 (14h30 SA time).