Bad news on the one hand, but with enough good news as a counter-balance to keep Bulls coach Pote Human happy.
And what’s more, enough good performances against the Waratahs to make the selection for the side to face the Crusaders on Friday a difficult challenge.
While Bulls loose forward Hanro Liebenberg is in a race against time after a head injury on Saturday, the obvious move would be to select retreaded lock Jannes Kirsten as flank – always assuming he is the type of loose forward that Human needs to gel with Duane Vermeulen and Marco van Staden for this particular match.
Two of the three injured locks, Eli Snyman and Springbok Jason Jenkins, have recovered from their injuries and are back in training. One of them looks the likely partner for in-form RG Snyman, or at least to come on from the bench.
Liebenberg suffered a head knock in the win over the Waratahs at the weekend and team doctor Herman Rossouw said on Monday that it would only be decided whether he is fit to play later in the week. Liebenberg didn’t pass his head injury assessment on Monday.
Rossouw added that the Bulls' other injured players were making good progress. Inside centre Burger Odendaal has recovered from his eye injury and is available for selection. However, with the good form shown by Johnny Kotze who had to fill in for Odendaal, and the performance of Cornal Hendricks and Rosko Specman who stood in for injured wing Jade Stighling and Kotze who moved to centre, there could well be a change in plan from Human’s side.
It is likely that Odendaal will take his place at inside centre with Kotze moving to No 13 and Dylan Sage relegated to the bench.
Loose forward Tim Agaba and prop Dayan van der Westhuizen have also regained full fitness and are back in training.