Lions sweating on Whiteley

Date published: July 27 2016

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 23: Warren Whiteley of the Lions during the Super Rugby match between the Emirates Lions and Crusaders at Emirates Airline Park on July 23, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Lions captain Warren Whiteley is an injury concern ahead of his team’s semi-final with the Highlanders in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Springbok number eight is battling to overcome a calf injury sustained in the Lions’ 42-25 victory over the Crusaders last weekend.

“It’s touch and go, but I believe I will be ready,” he told Netwerk24.

“I did light running today (Tuesday) and I have to say that it doesn’t feel too bad.

“With treatment, I hope that it will improve to such an extent over the next few days in order for me to be ready.”

Whiteley said, however, that he wouldn’t play unless he was fully fit.

“It’s not a match that you’d like to miss, but I realise I’ll have to be 100% to be able to play,” he added.

“It’s of no use of me playing but not able to give my all to the team. That I won’t do, no matter how much I’d like to play.”

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