As the season goes on we expect injuries and this week another few has added themselves to this ever growing list.
The Cheetahs have been dealt a serious blow with the news that centre Nico Lee will miss the next four to six weeks of Super Rugby with an ankle injury.
Lee sustained the injury in the 48-21 defeat to the Crusaders in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
According to Supersport, the 23-year-old has a grade two ankle injury and will only return after the June international break. He is set to be replaced by William Small-Smith.
The Pretoria-born midfielder has firmly established himself as the centre partner for captain Francois Venter this season and will be disappointed as he was a contender for the South African A side to face the French Barbarians in June.
Meanwhile, flyhalf Fred Zeilinga is fit and ready for selection again on the plus side.
Western Force prop Ben Daley joins the side’s lengthy injury list after injuring his ankle in the 24-15 defeat to the Lions on Saturday.
The Force are still waiting on the final results from scans, but according to AAP Daley is set to be ruled out for the rest of the season.
He joins flanker Angus Cottrell (knee), scrumhalf Ryan Louwrens (knee), fellow prop Jermaine Ainsley (knee), winger Chance Peni (groin), skipper Ben McCalman (shoulder), lock Matt Philip (foot), fullback Dane Haylett-Petty (hamstring), Luke Morahan (fractured cheekbone) and Michael Ruru (ankle) on the treatment table.
As a slight consolation, Wallabies lock Adam Coleman (calf) and fellow second-rower Richard Arnold (calf) could return for Saturday’s clash with the Sharks in Durban, while utility back Marcel Brache has passed a concussion test.
Hurricanes full-back Nehe Milner-Skudder has set his sights on a June return as he recovers from the foot injury he sustained in March.
Milner-Skudder fractured his metatarsal against the Chiefs in March but says he is making good progress and can’t wait to return to action.
“I’m making progress. It obviously took a little bit longer than we expected. The first couple of weeks went so well just coming off the crutches but the three to six week mark it took a while to knit back together,” the 26-year-old told Stuff.
“I got it re-X-rayed and there was a little bit of calcification of the bone but not as much as we expected. I got back on the treadmill yesterday, another step in the right direction.
“It’s a bit of relief and a lot of satisfaction changing it up from being on the rower and the grinder. It’s heading in the right direction, getting back on my feet and getting the legs ticking over.
“It [foot injury] is not end of the year or anything like that. I’ll work my way back and definitely hopeful of featuring in that June window.
“I’m unsure who it’ll be for, but surely I’ll be back playing some footy by then.
“I’m hoping just to get back out on the field with the Canes. The boys head off to Africa in three or four weeks time [they play the Bulls in Pretoria on May 28] then they’re back against the Chiefs at home before the break. I could try to pencil that in as a bit of a goal.”
The Rebels season has gone from bad to worse with the news that their captain Nic Stirzaker has been ruled out for three weeks with an ankle injury.
Scrum-half Stirzaker was excluded from the matchday 23 on the eve of the 44-3 humbling at the hands of the Southern Kings on Saturday. And the Melbourne-based side have now revealed that the 26-year-old will be sidelined for three weeks.
“It’s some sort of bone fragment in Nic’s ankle that flared up so I think he’s going to be out for three weeks,” Rebels’ general manager of football operations Baden Stephenson told AAP on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, according to AAP, back-up scrum-half Mick Snowden is out for six weeks with a leg injury.
This means that Ben Meehan is set to wear the number nine jersey while Harrison Goddard has been recalled from the Australian U20 team.
“Harrison played particularly well for our under-20s team and did the whole pre- season with us so we’ve called him back,” Stephenson said.
“It will probably be his chance to make a debut on Saturday.
Stephenson has reflected on what can only be described as a horror season for the Reds in which they’ve only won one game while bemoaning his side’s injury-proneness.
“It has been relentless and we’ve had so many different types of injuries,” added Stephenson.
“We thought by mid-season we should be getting a fair few back but unfortunately as they come back we continue to lose more.”
The Kings have suffered a setback with the news that loosehead prop Justin Forwood has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury.
The 23-year-old has been an instrumental part of the Kings team over the past few weeks, but his participation in last Saturday’s historic win over the Melbourne Rebels was cut short when he sustained a knee injury 47 minutes into the game.
Kings team doctor Konrad von Hagen confirmed on Tuesday that Forwood would be out of action for up to nine months following an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear which will require surgery. The prop will undergo surgery in Pretoria.
“It is really sad news that Justin Forwood tore his ACL and will be out for nine months. The next step for him will be surgery which he will undergo in Pretoria,” said Von Hagen.
“We will then continue to monitor his progress.”
Captain Lionel Cronje sustained a concussion in the second half of the weekend’s match and will be undergoing the compulsory return-to-play protocol in time for the Kings’ next match against th Sharks in Port Elizabeth on May 13.
With the Kings enjoying a bye this week, the side has an opportunity for good rest and recovery before re-grouping next week to prepare for their next Super Rugby clash.
After the break, the Kings will welcome back loose forward Ruaan Lerm, who was withdrawn from the team last Thursday with an ankle sprain.
“Ruaan Lerm felt some discomfort and was rested. He will be back and fit for our next match,” confirmed Von Hagen.
The team doctor also confirmed that CJ Velleman, who is making a return from a long-term knee injury, will be re-assessed next week before being made available to play. The loose forward will join the rest of the Kings squad for full contact next week.
Malcolm Jaer, who sustained a Medial Collateral Ligament (knee) strain on tour in Australia, continues to respond well to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery in two weeks.
The team doctor is also happy with the progress being made by players on the long-term injury list – Cameron Lindsay (knee), Rudi van Rooyen (ankle) and Schalk Ferreira (biceps).
Juan de Jongh, Rynhardt Elstadt, Caylib Oostuizen and Damian Willemse will all join the DHL Stormers in Wellington ahead of their final tour game against the Hurricanes on Friday.
Centre De Jongh (knee) and utility forward Elstadt (ankle) have both recently recovered from injury and will provide some important experience ahead of the clash with the defending Vodacom Super Rugby champions.
There were more injuries added to the list following the defeat to the Highlanders in Dunedin, with prop JC Janse van Rensburg, locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit and flyhalf Kurt Coleman all flying back to Cape Town.
Janse van Rensburg has torn a bicep muscle and will be out for four to six weeks, whilst Coleman tore a deltoid ligament in his ankle in training and Etzebeth (calf) and Du Toit (knee) have also been ruled out due to injury niggles.
There are also doubts about captain Siya Kolisi who is nursing a shoulder injury, whilst prop Frans Malherbe will not be available for selection this week due to the Springbok management plan.
Despite these setbacks, DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that the squad is determined to end their tour of New Zealand with an improved performance in Wellington.
“The injury list is growing, but luckily we welcome some quality players back this week and we are focused on the challenge ahead.
“We know that we can improve in a number of areas, so the goal this week is to raise our game against the Hurricanes,” he said.