Pollard's injury update: 'The body is good'
INJURY UPDATE: Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard has shared some positive news regarding his knee injury.
The World Cup-winning flyhalf sustained a knee injury during the Springboks’ Rugby Championship campaign, which was reported to keep him on the sidelines for a lengthy period.
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber suggested that it was unlikely that Pollard would be available for the Springboks’ November Tests tour.
However, the Bok underwent further assessment at Leicester Tigers and is reportedly in line to make his Premiership debut sooner than expected.
Pollard was a travelling reserve with the English side for Saturday’s East Midlands derby victory over Northampton Saints.
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“The body is good,” Pollard told the Leicestershire Live.
“I am really coming along nicely. [I’m] Just trying to get as much done as possible. I’ve still got a couple of boxes to tick, from the initial diagnosis we had in Australia, I’ve come back to London and got a different one, which was a lot more positive.
“I’m working hard, it’s really feeling good, so we will see how we go on from here.”
Leicestershire Live also reported that Pollard’s appearance at Franklin’s Gardens erased any fears that he’d suffered a recurrence of his ACL rupture suffered during his time playing at Montpellier in France.
“This is completely different,” Pollard said.
“It’s a little bit of a tear in the meniscus. It’s a lot better than we originally thought and it’s going really well.
“We’re still taking it day by day. We’ve still got a couple of boxes to tick but I am very excited and optimistic.”
He added: “I should be good to go for the end-of-year series.”
The Springboks are scheduled to play Tests against Ireland, France, Italy and England, as well as two-midweek games.