Lood confirms recovery timeframe
INJURY UPDATE: Bulls captain and Springboks lock Lood De Jager has revealed his recovery timeframe following a successful surgery.
The 26-year-old injured his shoulder during his side’s loss to the Jaguares in round two of Super Rugby this season.
The Bulls doctor Herman Rossouw earlier revealed that lock could be sidelined for at least four months, however, De Jager’s Instagram post provides a better indication.
The lock indicated that the recovery period was 12 weeks via his post, meaning he could theoretically be back before the end of the Super Rugby season.
De Jager will face a rush to make it into the Springboks’ World Cup squad, nonetheless, with the South African Test season starting on July 20 with a Rugby Championship match against Australia at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, the lock will have the time to prove himself.
Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth almost guaranteed to make Rassie Erasmus’ World Cup squad, De Jager may face competition from club teammate RG Snyman and Gloucester’s Franco Mostert to partner Etzebeth in the scrum.
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In the meantime, this is a major loss for the Bulls, who have looked impressive so far this season. Their dominant victory over last season’s finalists the Lions sent a statement to the rest of the competition last week, but the absence of their captain could prove costly. They host conference leaders the Sharks this weekend, with the possibility of topping their group with a win.