Former Springbok captain Schalk Burger has stepped up his comeback after enjoying a good run out with his Currie Cup team-mates.
Burger has endured a tough year which saw him spend a spell in the intensive care unit of a Cape Town hospital after contracting meningitis. This together with a run of injuries mean that the flanker has not played since the early stages of last year.
However, having been cleared to resume work in the gym last month, Burger enter into some light training with the Western Province Currie Cup squad this week.
"Schalk is training hard and he is being put through his paces by fitness adviser Stef du Toit. This was the longest session so far and he is really positive about his progress," explained Western Province assistant coach Robbie Fleck.
"He looks on course for a return to the playing field in the second round of the Currie Cup but we are not putting any pressure on Schalk and there is no pressure on us from his side either. We will take it as it comes and hope for the best. Obviously having him involved is a huge boost to WP as he has experience and is so highly respected by all the players."