Odendaal back in training for Bulls

Date published: March 24 2015

Bulls centre Burger Odendaal will return to training on Tuesday after recovering from the knee injury which saw him miss the opening part of season.

Odendaal impressed for the Blue Bulls during their 2014 Currie Cup campaign but is yet to make his Super Rugby debut for the Pretoria-based franchise.

He will find several team-mates missing at the Bulls' training though, as Jan Serfontein (stiff hip flexor), Marcel van der Merwe (contusion)and Dean Greyling (neck) will only return to the training field on Tuesday and Roelof Smit (ankle) and Lappies Labuschagne (nasal fracture) only on Thursday.

Amongst the longer term injuries, Jacques-Louis Potgieter (one week, hamstring), Flip van der Merwe (pectoral, 6 April) and Akona Ndungane (hand, three weeks) are a week closer to returning to the fold.

William Small-Smith (foot, 5-7 weeks), Pierre Schoeman (knee, 15 July), Bandise Maku (pectoral, 31 July), Carlo Engelbrecht (ankle, 7 weeks), Werner Kruger (ankle, 7 weeks), Duncan Matthews (knee, 31 Aug) remains on the long term injury list.