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Illness keeps Burger sidelined

28th March 2013 10:53

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Schalk Burger Stormers captain SR 2012

More bad news: Burger hospitalised

The return of Schalk Burger to the playing field has been postponed once again with news that the star flank has contracted bacterial meningitis.

After more than a year on the sidelines, the Stormers and Springbok loose forward is set remain out of action for at least another two months according to a statement released by his family.

The statement is as follows:

"We as a family herewith would like to advise all the fans, supporters, sponsors and employers of Schalk that he was yesterday afternoon diagnosed as having contracted bacterial meningitis following an operation to reduce pressure on a nerve that was influencing the performance of his calf muscle.

"Given a successful recovery, he will remain in hospital for the next 14 days and where after it will be at least another six weeks before he will be fit for playing.

"We would like to thank the specialists looking after him, and are doing a marvelous job, as well as everyone who has sent their best wishes, given the tough time he, his wife Michele and son Schalk are going through.

"We will issue a further statement as his condition improves."

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