Jantjies set to be out for a month

Date published: May 23 2016

The Lions fly-half Elton Jantjies is set to be sidelined for a month following a dislocated finger in Saturday’s 52-24 win over the Jaguares, while full-back Jaco van der Walt’s recovery time after picking up a knee injury in the same match, is still unclear.

This means that the 25-year-old pivot will not be available for selection for the Springboks when they face Ireland on home soil during the June international three-match series.

The Johannesburg outfit’s head coach Johan Ackermann revealed that fly-half Jantjies dislocated a finger and full-back Van der Walt is battling a knee injury.

Earlier on Monday it was still unclear how long Jantjies would be sidelined, if at all.

However, according to the Lions official website the scans have confirmed that it will take Jantjies up to four weeks to recover from his dislocated finger.

“The finger was dislocated and they put it back. Now they need to see the damage. Now its worse, but a lot of players have played with a dislocated finger,” Ackerman said.

The Lions are waiting on the results of a scan before they will know how serious Van der Walt’s injury is.

“Jaco knee injury we hope and believe it will not be too long,” he  added.

“Jaco was exceptional in that first half, he created a lot of line breaks for us in that first half and his kicking was exceptional. He kicked balls out from his own 22 to the halfway line.

“It will definitely be a setback. He is in a sense a lot like Boeboes (Andries Coetzee), he is strong in his decision-making so it will be a loss.

“As long as we can get him back within this campaign it will be great. If we can get some news that he isn’t out for long on Monday we will be very happy.

“He was exceptional when he played.”