The Sharks’ injury bogey has continued with the news that centre Paul Jordaan has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
Speaking to the Sharks’ website, coach John Plumtree confirmed the bad news from their training base in Sydney.
“We’re very disappointed to lose Paul Jordaan, he’s out for the rest of the season,” Plumtree said.
“Paul suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury. He was playing touch rugby, we were just having a light run, jogging out the jetlag and he stepped, was caught and his knee collapsed. It’s a big blow for us. We’re all disappointed for Paul and for the team.”
This brings the Sharks injury toll to 16 players.
Plumtree said that despite the setback the Sharks would be looking for a big improvement this weekend against the Chiefs.
“We just have to dig in and do our best. We’ve worked really hard on our game, trying to improve our game, trying to improve our attack, but it is really difficult with all these setbacks,” Plumtree said.
With Jordaan out, JP Pietersen is seen as the short term replacement for Jordaan.
“We might be forced to play JP in the midfield, it’s not his primary position obviously, but he did a good job for us last year with his x-factor.”
JP Pietersen and the Lwazi Mvovo are expected to be ready to play against the Highlanders next week.