Stormers flanker Rynhardt Elstadt has officially been ruled out of action for at least four months after suffering a broken leg and further damage to his ankle against the Blues on Saturday.
Elstadt left the field in the 37th minute after falling awkardly and his injury – officially known as a maisonneuve fracture – will see him sidelined for at least four months.
Meanwhile, veteran loose forward Schalk Burger is due back from Japan next week (March 3), with his club team set to play their final knockout match this coming weekend. He could be available to face the Sharks on March 7, but will definitely be available the following week against the Chiefs.
Prop Frans Malherbe will be considered for selection after his recovery from a long-term ankle/leg injury, which is actually similar to Elstadt’s injury.
Lock Eben Etzebeth (chest) is looking good and training well but he is still not 100 percent and will, thus, not be risked this week.
Centre/full-back Jaco Taute (knee) is on track to make his return against the Sharks. If not for that match, he should be available for the following week against the Chiefs.