Bulls captain Lood de Jager will be sidelined for the rest of the Super Rugby season with a shoulder injury. The Pretoria franchise confirmed the news on Monday.
The big lock was forced to leave the field in their loss to the Jaguares in Argentina. At first it was expected that the injury was not to serious and Lood will only need two weeks to recover.
However, the scans showed that the injury is more serious and he will have to undergo surgery. He is expected to be out until at least the end of June.
“Lood will return only at the end of the Super Rugby season,” confirmed Bulls doctor Herman Rossouw.
The Super Rugby season ends on July 6.
The injury to De Jager will not only be a worry to the three-time champions, but also to the Springboks.
The international season starts on July 20 with a Rugby Championship match against Australia at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
With RG Snyman still out and only due back in three weeks’ time, the Bulls are likely to stick with youngster Eli Snyman and Bok Jason Jenkins for the foreseeable future.
The Bulls would have wanted the experience of De Jager for the rest of the Super Rugby season.
If the rehab process goes according to plan De Jager will be fit to help South Africa at the World Cup as they seek to win their third world title after lifting the trophy in 1995 and 2007.
De Jager, 26, has won 38 Springbok caps so far.
De Jager has had a horrid run since joining the Bulls, with a pectoral muscle injury keeping him out of action for most of 2018.
Written by Carl Coertzen
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