South Africa captain Jean de Villiers has begun light exercises on his knee, as he targets a return in time for the Rugby World Cup.
The Springbok medical team and their counterparts from Western Province will work together in the coming months to ensure De Villiers is afforded every opportunity to make a successful comeback to the playing field in time for the Rugby World Cup.
The Bok captain will continue with his rehabilitation following the serious knee injury he suffered against Wales last November. Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts is in charge of the rehabilitation process.
De Villiers will continue work with Springbok physiotherapist Rene Naylor on a daily basis, Western Province team doctor Jason Suter will handle his medical rehabilitation, while the orthopaedic surgeon who conducted the surgery on the Bok captain’s knee last month will also be consulted on a regular basis.
“It’s great to know we’re all pulling in the same direction as this is obviously a very important matter,” said Roberts.
“Luckily Jean is very positive about his rehabilitation and he’s already working incredibly hard to ensure everything remains on track for him to make it to the World Cup.
“Obviously it’s still too early in the process to confirm he will be ready for the tournament, but we’re taking it week by week and will be doing everything we can to get him to England.”
De Villiers said he was determined to be fit and ready for the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off for the Springboks against Japan in Brighton on September 19.
“I’ve started swimming and doing some exercises on a static bicycle,” said De Villiers.
“At the moment we’re still testing to see how the knee reacts to different movements and it’s looking good.
“It’s also great that we can count on the medical expertise of so many people and I’m grateful to everyone involved.”