We all know rugby is not a sport for sissies, and so it was on Friday for Johan Sadie too, when he sustained an AC Jojnt injury after barely 11 minutes in the Super Rugby game against the Sharks, which will keep him out injured for about 3 weeks. The good news though is that Wynand Olivier is ready again to step into the fold again.
Lionel Cronjé, another of the signings from down South, is not so lucky though, he sustained a pectoral muscle tear which will have to be operated on, in the friendly game between the Vodacom Blue Bulls against the Sharks XV side.
Other Bulls still recovering include Arno Botha, Morné Mellett, Dewald Potgieter & Rossouw de Klerk.
Out of Action:
Johann Sadie has been ruled out of action for between two to three weeks after sustaining a shoulder injury against the Sharks on Friday.
According to the Vodacom Bulls team doctor, Org Strauss, Sadie suffered a grade one tear on his AC joint.
“He should recover in two to three weeks,” Strauss said.
Morné Mellett (shoulder) and Arno Botha (back) should report back for duty with Sadie.
Dewald Potgieter (arm, six weeks) and Rossouw de Klerk (foot, end of May) is recovering well.
Back in Action:
The Bulls team doctor, Org Strauss cleared Wynand Olivier, who just returned from a hand injury. Wynand was in the process of rehabilitation from an operation at the end of last season, when in January 2012 he broke a bone in his wrist, which should by now have fully recovered.
Wynand’s prolonged absense might have been a blessing in disguise, giving him effectively a month more to recover from the longer term injury.
The utility back, Lionel Cronjé, has been ruled out of the remainder of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition. The 22 year old Vodacom Bulls player suffered a pectoral muscle tear in his chest and will undergo an operation later in the week.
He injured himself on Friday while playing for the Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup side in a friendly match against the Sharks XV.
“Lionel will be operated on this week and he will be out of action for at least six months. I cannot see him playing Super Rugby this year,” Vodacom Bulls team doctor Org Strauss said.
Cronjé played for the Stormers in 2011 and had his season there disrupted when he tore knee ligaments. He has recovered well from that injury whilst in Pretoria and was due to make his Bulls debut in 2012.
“It is a big set-back to us for sure,” Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke admitted.
“Lionel was part of our plans en would have been very valuable for our tour to Australasia in a couple of week because he is so versatile. It is a real pity for Lionel as well, as he has worked really hard to get back to his best following his knee injury.”
A replacement will be named later if deemed necessary.