Springbok Fullback Willie le Roux will be rested for the warm-up matches Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske said.
Le Roux injured his shoulder when he fell on it during the warm-up match against the Shimlas last week, but it has been reported that it is not serious. Drotske will not risked him against the NMMU and EP Kings this coming week, he told the Volksblad.
Two of the Cheetahs big guns, flyhalf Johan Goosen and scrumhalf Shaun Venter will play against the EP Kings on Saturday.
Venter, who underwent a shoulder operation last year will get about 20 minutes against his old province and Goosen should get about 40 minutes.
Drotské said Le Roux will be rested as a precautionary measure with Hennie Daniller doing duty at fullback. The latter also recently returned to action following a wrist injury.
The Cheetahs on Saturday named a 36-man training squad for their week-long camp in Jeffreys Bay.
The squad was named after they thrashed Shimlas 66-19 at Free State University on Friday, while their second-choice side lost 21-19 to Griquas’ Vodacom Cup side.
On February 1 the Cheetahs will play against the Pumas in Parys, before they open their 2014 Super Rugby campaign against the Lions in Bloemfontein on Saturday, February 15.
Cheetahs training squad:
Trevor Nyakane, Caylib Oosthuizen, Coenie Oosthuizen, Rossouw de Klerk, Max van Dyk, Adriaan Strauss, Ryno Barnes, Hercu Liebenberg, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Lodewyk de Jager, Andries Ferreira, Hilton Lobberts, Francois Uys, Rynhardt Landman, Johannes Prinsloo, Carel Greeff, Pieter Labuschagné, Teboho Mohoje, Philip van der Walt, Jean Cook, Sarel Pretorius, Shaun Venter, Kevin Luiters, Inus Kritzinger, Elgar Watts, Johan Goosen, Riaan Smit, Francois Venter, Howard Mnisi, Johann Sadie, Piet Lindeque, Raymond Rhule, Cornal Hendricks, Rayno Benjamin, Willie le Roux, Hennie Daniller