The Bulls suffered a major injury blow with the news that Springbok centre Jesse Kriel will undergo surgery to his ankle.

He picked up the injury during last weekend’s clash with the Stormers.

Bulls team doctor Herman Rossouw confirmed that Kriel will have to undergo surgery.

“He’s torn a ligament in his ankle and will undergo surgery later this week. He will be on the sideline for a period of six to eight weeks,” Rossouw said.

Rossouw also added that wingers Divan Rossouw and Jade Stighling will miss this weekend’s clash with the Waratahs due to concussions.

There is some good news for the men from Pretoria.

Centre Burger Odendaal who left the field with an eye injury last weekend, has seen an eye specialist and has been cleared to play against the Waratahs.

On the long-term injury list, locks Jason Jenkins and Eli Snyman and loose forward Tim Agaba are recovering well from their long-term injuries, but will not yet be considered for selection.

Meanwhile Springboks supporters will breathe a sigh of relief after the shoulder injury to Pieter-Steph du Toit is not serious.

Du Toit left the field last weekend against the Bulls and the worst was feared.

However the news out of the Stormers camp was that the injury is not serious, but he will not be considered for their clash against the Jaguares in Argentina on Saturday.

The men from Cape Town will also travel to Argentina without captain Siya Kolisi.

He will be rested for this clash.


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Written By Carl Coertzen