“Five to 16 weeks … the surgeon will know that once he opens it and takes a good look”
Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber is crossing his fingers that Duane Vermeulen can enjoy a Jesse Kriel-style rebirth and recover in time from ankle surgery to play a role in the three-test series of his country against the Lions on tour.
Kriel missed six weeks of Super Rugby action following ankle ligament surgery in May 2019, but was able to go play for the Springboks at the World Cup, and Nienaber is hopeful that the damage suffered by Vermeulen aren’t much more serious than Kriel’s. .
Although selected from the 46-person squad announced last Saturday for the tour, Vermeulen suffered an injury the night before in the Bulls’ Rainbow Cup victory over the Stormers and that left Springboks rugby director Rassie Erasmus , fear the worst for the player who was a man. of the World Cup final match against England.
“He [Vermeulen] is on his way to Cape Town, ”Erasmus reported on Saturday. “Personally, I haven’t spoken to him. Jacques spoke to her and to the medical staff. I told Jake (While, Bulls coach) about him.
“What can you say? It looked bad and Duane won’t limp with an ankle, he won’t limp off the pitch anytime soon. We fear the worst… we know South African derbies are brutal. Touchwood la Next week in the last round we don’t lose a lot of players but we expected big losses and I think Duane will be one of them.
As soon as Vermeulen was included in the Springboks squad to face the Lions, Rassie Erasmus exposed his worst fears about his veteran No.8 https://t.co/zRZHEbwzdi
– RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) June 5, 2021
As the Springboks ramp up their preparations with a rally in Bloemfontein, Nienaber provided an update on the situation regarding Vermeulen at a virtual press conference where he ironically sat alongside the aforementioned Kriel. “Duane is having surgery today [Wednesday]”Nienaber said.” He injured his ankle and went for scans and all that. He is having the operation today and I hope the operation is going well, then the rehabilitation is going well .
“Jesse had a similar injury. Obviously you can’t discuss injuries because of all the inside information and stuff like that, but some players come back from five weeks to 16 weeks depending on the severity of the injury and the surgeon will probably know that once he has it. ‘will have opened. and I took a good look at what’s going on inside.
“Listen, anything from five to 16 weeks covers all the bases. Some players came back very quickly. Jesse had a similar operation, as I said, before the World Cup in 2019 and he was back quickly, but depending on the severity it could be a long term injury. We will have more feedback on this after the surgery. “
“A fierce competitor and still a young man”
– Leicester explained why the Springboks wanted a player who has walked 705 yards on 177 carries in his 14 Premiership appearances this seasonhttps: //t.co/eufsquo59G
– RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) June 9, 2021
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