Good news for Juan

March 1, 2011
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There is a fairly good chance that Juan Smith may be able to recuperate in time for this year’s World Cup in New Zealand.

Jóhann Thormählen – Sport 24

The Springbok flank underwent surgery to his Achilles on Monday after sustaining a partial tear of the tendon in Friday night’s Super Rugby match against the Bulls.

It is expected that the Cheetahs captain will be fit again in about six months.  He is expected to be ready for action in August.

The opening match of the World Cup is on September 9 and the Springboks play their first game against Wales on September 11.

It was initially feared that Smith’s Achilles tendon had been completely torn and that he would miss the showpiece altogether.

While Monday’s news was better than anticipated, Smith will be in a race against time to make the deadline for the selection of the Boks’ World Cup squad.

Cheetahs team doctor Ian Morris said that the operation went well and that things are looking encouraging for the Bok.

“We are planning on having him fit for the World Cup. There is definitely a chance that he can recover in time. If everything goes well, six months is not an unreasonable recovery period. He will be able to play in August and the World Cup starts at the beginning of September,” said Morris, who helped with the operation.

Smith will not train at all for the next two months and will start with rehabilitation after that period. If there are no further complications, he should be ready in August.

His injury so early in the Super Rugby season may well be a blessing in disguise for the Boks. Had it happened any later, he would definitely have been ruled out of the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the Cheetahs will not field Springbok flank Heinrich Brüssow against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.

Brüssow made his return from a knee injury for Free State’s Vodacom Cup team against the Falcons last Friday.

He only played for 40 minutes after being on the sidelines for almost a year.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said that Brüssow would run out again for Free State in a Vodacom Cup match against the Pumas on Saturday and is expected to be available for Super Rugby the following weekend.

More good news for the Cheetahs is that flank Frans Viljoen (hamstring) is only expected to be sidelined for a week. It was earlier thought that he would be sidelined for approximately four weeks.

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8 Comments

  1. avatar the cheetahs are pumas! says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 10:36 am

    not to be a doemprofeet but I reckon at least 6 world cup stars will be injured this year.

    so far Juan and Burger looks fragile. An injuury to Matfield and Fourie Dup and the boks are in serious kak.

  2. avatar JT says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Reply to the cheetahs are pumas! @ 10:36 am:

    that is the same for all teams – and you can’t stop it either, they can get injured in the opening game, or even training session at the WC.

  3. avatar Welshbok die Brandwag says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Sterkte ou mater, you are the benchmark in our team for absolute unadulterated commitment to the jersey.

    Juan Smith = Ultimate Yster, and as important as FdP, Matfield and Jacques Fourie to our team.

    recover well, we need you.

  4. avatar Treehugger says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I do hope it all comes right for him, I damaged both mine specially right side when i was in my mid twenties and believe me doctors were not to clued up with sport injuries then, was in pasterparis for nearly 3 monthes and i still could never play squash again afterwards.

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 2nd, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Reply to Treehugger @ 4:45 pm:

    You reckon one can retain their speed after that… let alone the rest of the rigours of top level rugby?

  6. avatar DavidS says:
    March 2nd, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Ja we’ll see

  7. avatar Treehugger says:
    March 2nd, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:36 am: I honestly don’t know, i can only speak from my experience and the 2 doctors i saw were only gs’s even tho the one said he was specializing in sport injuries, didn’t Dan Carter have the same kind of injury and op ? if he did he seems to have come back from it just fine, i avoid needles and surgery things at nearly any cost, well that, sky jumping and bungy jumping, any thing else and i am there or have most properly done.

  8. avatar Treehugger says:
    March 2nd, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    sorry GP’s

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