More bad news for Lions
INJURY UPDATE: The Lions are set to be without the services of their inspirational captain, Warren Whiteley, for another couple of weeks.
The Lions confirmed on Wednesday that Whiteley has a “small cartilage tear” in the knee.
The Lions medical staff said they expect the injury to “settle over the next few weeks”.
He suffered the injury setback in the 23-17 with over the Chiefs in Hamilton last month.
Sylvian Mahuza, a casualty of the 10-36 loss to the Crusaders in Christchurch last week, has a lateral collateral ligament injury of his left knee.
The Lions medical team is investigating further and has not put a timeframe on his return yet.
The good news is that flank Cyle Brink has only a mild strain of his knee, sustained against the Crusaders, and should be ready for the next match – against the Waratahs at Ellis Park on May 11.
The latest injury setbacks follow on the news earlier this week young flyhalf Gianni Lombard will not play again this year.
It is a result of the knee injury the 21-year-old former South African Under-20 utility suffered in the 23-17 win over the Chiefs in Hamilton.
According to the medical report Lombard, who started at flyhalf against the Chiefs, ruptured his ACL knee ligament and also suffered a bilateral menisci tears to the knee ligaments
He will be sidelined for nine months.