Stormers trio on their way back

11th Mar 2013, 14:34

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Close to full fitness: Jaco Taute

Close to full fitness: Jaco Taute

The Stormers are set to be boosted by the return of Springbok duo Juan de Jongh, Jaco Taute as well as Michael Rhodes from injury.

The Stormers are set to be boosted by the return of Springbok backs Juan de Jongh and Jaco Taute as well as utility forward Michael Rhodes from injury.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said De Jongh (hamstring), Taute (groin) and Rhodes (hamstring) will continue with one-on-one rehabilitation this week.

They will all be ready for full training next week - ahead of the Stormers' next match against the Brumbies on Saturday March 23 in Cape Town.

Coetzee also revealed that Bok wing Bryan Habana underwent a scan on the knee injury he sustained in last Saturday's win over the Chiefs.

Habana has partially torn his medial collateral ligament and will be out of action for ten weeks.

"When you lose a Springbok and a quality player like Bryan (Habana) it's never an ideal situation, but we're getting Jaco Taute back," explained Coetzee.

"Gerhard van den Heever played very, very well when he came on, and Gio Aplon played just as well, so we have enough replacements there," said Coetzee.

"We wish Bryan well for a speedy recovery and when he returns he'll be back in the mix, but our focus is fully on the replacements now.

"The bye has come at a good time for us, as it will allow these few injury niggles that we have to clear up and, importantly, it will also allow us to take stock of where we're at after our first three games."