Le Roux in doubt for Boks

Date published: November 17 2014

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Springbok full-back Willie le Roux could be ruled out of South Africa’s games against Italy and Wales due to a suspected cheek fracture.

Springbok full-back Willie le Roux could be ruled out of South Africa’s games against Italy and Wales due to a suspected cheek fracture.

Le Roux, who will not train with the team on Monday, will undergo x-rays in Padova after he took a knock in the process of offloading to set up a try for Cobus Reinach in last Saturday’s win over England.

Team doctor Craig Roberts revealed that Le Roux has significant swelling on his face and the Bok medical team will now seek clarity on the situation. If he does have a cheek fracture, the Cheetahs playmaker will be out of action for three to four weeks.

Johan Goosen is likey step in for Le Roux, whether the latter is fit or not. Springbok assistant coach Ricardo Laubscher said the the Racing-Metro player was “looking good” in training.

The only other serious injury concern for South Africa is tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis, who will also go for scans on Monday.

Du Plessis’s foot was caught in a ruck at Twickenham and he hyper-extended his knee and over-stretched his hamstring.

Irrespective on the scan results, it’s highly unlikely he will face the Azzurri this weekend, when a number of fringe players are expected to be given a chance.

Lions Ruan Dreyer has already been called up as cover for the Sharks prop.

A handful of player will be managed at training this week, including Beast Mtawarira, Duane Vermeulen, and Marcell Coetzee who could be rested against Italy.

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