Sharks head coach Sean Everitt had bad news for fans of S’bu Nkosi, announcing the winger has suffered an ankle sprain on his return from a different injury.
The unfortunate speedster has suffered a plethora of injury woes this season and only returned to training this week after around a month out with what was described as a gastric intestine virus.
S’bu Nkosi on the injury list
His return lasted less than a few hours as, according to the Durban-based outfit, he hurt his ankle during that training session and now could face even longer in the treatment room.
“Unfortunately, S’bu returned to training on Monday and he sustained an injury to his ankle. So he is unavailable for some time,” Everitt told TimesLive.
It is desperately bad news for Nkosi who needs to impress this year to earn an extension to his deal with the Sharks that ends after this season.
There have been rumours about the Bulls maybe having an interest in signing the winger but he would still need to get fit before anything can happen.
He last played for the Sharks back in February during the disappointing away leg of the United Rugby Championship.
Looking ahead to life without Nkosi for the foreseeable future, Everitt hopes his side can break down an impressive Lions defence in their next outing.
“If you look at their results since Jordan Hendrikse has been back, the Lions have improved a lot and Morne van der Berg is playing well,” added Everitt.
“But one has to give credit to the defence, they have defended with a lot of character, with a lot of energy. I think that’s the area they’ve improved the most on.
“Over the last couple of weeks, it has been tough from a results point of view against Edinburgh (Sharks lost by 21-5). We dominated the game in every aspect but didn’t get over the chalk.
“We played some good attacking rugby when we were presented with the opportunity on Friday night against the Dragons.
“We all understand where the Dragons are on the log but they were a stronger team than that they put out against the Bulls a week before.”