Willemse only back in January

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:48
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INJURY REPORT: The Southern Kings will be without their regular captain Michael Willemse until January next year.

"Michael Willemse was diagnosed with a tear in his groin muscles that should set him out for about two months, worse case scenario," said Kings team doctor Clement Plaatjies.

"It is an injury he sustained during the Glasgow Warriors game. He is doing well at the moment and we expect him back early January next year."

Meanwhile, both Kings scrumhalves picked up injuries in their side's narrow 36-43 defeat to Irish visitors Ulster.

"Saturday's thrilling Pro14 clash at the Wolfson Stadium between the Kings and Ulster has left the home side with a potential headache at scrumhalf as both Rudi van Rooyen and his replacement Rowan Gouws sustained injuries during the encounter," said Plaatjies.

"Van Rooyen had been concussed during the match while Gouws had sustained a Grade One sprain to his right ankle. Rudi's injury is the more serious of the two, he is still experiencing headaches and neck spasms and only once he is symptom-free for a week will we be able to start with his return-to-play protocol. 

"In Rowan's case we've decided to give him a week off from training and are confident that should be enough to see him ready and available for selection for the next match against Scarlets on the 26th," said Plaatjies

Loose-head prop and stand-in captain Schalk Ferreira has also been excused from training this week due to a contusion to his right thigh but Plaatjies stressed that this was just precautionary. "Schalk has put in plenty of minutes of playing time this season and worked extremely hard so he deserves some time off. He will be ready for Scarlets."

The only other concern for the Kings medical team was loose forward Andisa Ntsila who is carrying a niggling knee injury. 

"It does not seem major but it has been bothering him for a while so we decided to have a scan done on it and will be able to report back once we have seen the results," Plaatjies said.

On the plus side, Plaatjies reported that flyhalf Martin Du Toit, who sustained a concussion against Glasgow Warriors a fortnight ago, had recovered and been symptom-free for a week and was thus due to resume training on Thursday. 

"If he comes through that unscathed then he will be available for the match against Scarlets," Plaatjies added.

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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 13 12 0 1 58
Munster 13 8 0 5 42
Cheetahs 11 6 0 5 30
Cardiff Blues 13 5 0 8 25
Connacht 13 4 0 9 24
Ospreys 13 4 0 9 21
Zebre 13 3 0 10 17
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Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 13 11 0 2 53
Leinster 13 11 0 2 51
Ulster 13 8 1 4 40
Edinburgh 13 8 0 5 37
Treviso 13 6 0 7 29
Dragons 13 2 1 10 14
Kings 11 0 0 10 4