Springboks monitor Pietersen injury

Date published: October 5 2015

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South Africa team doctor Craig Roberts said the only additional injury concern ahead of the fixture against the United States on Wednesday was that of wing JP Pietersen, who twisted his knee last weekend.

Roberts said there would be further assessments conducted on Pietersen on Monday, but added that the rest of the squad was adequately prepared to manage what will be a tight turnaround, having competed just last Saturday.

"I'm pleased to report no major injuries. The biggest one is JP Pietersen, who twisted his knee a little bit," said Roberts. 

"We're going to reassess him on Sunday evening and Monday and make a call about his availability for Wednesday," added the Springboks doctor.

"Obviously, it’s a tight turnaround before Wednesday’s game. The rest of the squad came through really well. We're happy with their progress, so a relatively clean bill of health," he said.

A considerable amount will be at stake when South Africa play against the United States, as three teams in Pool B still have a mathematical chance of advancing to the next phase of the competition. However with the Americans sending out a weakened side, the Springboks should win comfortably to seal top spot in the pool.

"It has its challenges. We always knew we had a tight turnaround and you've got to plan for that, so we've had a big focus on recovery," added Roberts.

"Monday's our only real training session (before the USA game), which will probably be more of a flush-out session than anything.

"It takes a few days to get over the bumps and bruises from a game but we always knew it was on the cards and we had been preparing for it,” said Roberts of the short turnaround between matches this week.

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