The Sharks was given a major blow as Springbok Jean-Luc du Preez has been ruled out for this weekend clash against the Stormers.
The chances are good that he will be out for the rest of the Super Rugby season.
Du Preez limped off after five minutes of Saturday’s 31-24 victory over the Lions at Kings Park on Saturday, with what was later confirmed as an MCL sprain.
It is a big blow for the Sharks as Du Preez has been an instrumental part of their pack and they are fearing a worst-case scenario which could see the 22-year-old miss the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, hooker Akker van der Merwe has recovered sufficiently from a shoulder injury sustained in the same match.