Reinach sidelined for nine months

Date published: May 3 2016

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 28: Cobus Reinach during the Cell C Sharks training session at Growthpoint Kings Park on January 28, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

The Sharks have suffered a setback after scrum-half Cobus Reinach was ruled out for up to nine months due to a knee injury.

Sharks Doctor Alan Kourie issued his injury report which revealed lengthy Reinach’s spell on the sidelines following surgery to his ACL (knee ligament).

Kourie’s injury report also confirmed that Sharks fly-half, and first-choice captain, Pat Lambie has completed his rehabilitation and is available to play when his team host the Hurricanes in Durban on Saturday.

Philip van der Walt’s neck injury is not as severe and his approximate return is listed as two to three weeks.

Tera Mtembu and Francois Kleinhans are also both now fully fit and available for selection.

Of the remainder, Jacques Potgieter is presently rehabbing his ankle and should return in five weeks while fly-half Inny-Christian Radebe’s meniscus tear (right knee) should be healed in the next four weeks.

Both Ruan Botha (ankle) and Wandile Mjekevu (bone bruising of the knee) are expected to return in two (or three for the latter) weeks.

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