Springbok captain Warren Whiteley will not take part in any of the remaining Super Rugby matches for the Lions including the finals due to a torn ligament in his pelvis.
Whiteley was a lats minute withdraw from the first test which saw Eben Etzebeth taking charge of the Springboks in his first game as captain. The Lions made the announcement on Whiteley on Tuesday to confirm the injury after scans.
He does not require surgery but is expected to be sidelined for between six and eight weeks, Lions team doctor Rob Collins said.
With the Super Rugby final scheduled for August 5, it means Whiteley will not take any further part in this year’s event and the injury also leaves his participation for the start of the Rugby Championship in doubt.
The Boks open their campaign against Argentina in Port Elizabeth on August 19.
That is a over six weeks away and leaves the Bok skipper in a race against time to be fit for their Rugby Championship opener.