The Toyota Cheetahs will be without their captain Ruan Pienaar until December after he got injured on Friday against the Bulls.
Pienaar sustained a knee (MCL) injury during the game after he was tackled.
It was feared that he would be out for a longer period but the Cheetahs said over the weekend that if the recovery progress goes well he should be back on the field in December.
The Cheetahs travel to Johannesburg this weekend to face the Lions.
The Lions are currently two from two and will face a desperate Lions side who has loss both their opening matches against the Sharks and Stormers.