The Bulls have been dealt a severe blow for their 2014 Super Rugby season as captain Pierre Spies has been ruled out of Super Rugby this year and he will miss most of the rugby season due to an arm injury.
Bulls captain Spies has again suffered a bicep muscle injury to his upper arm, the same injury that sidelined him in June last year, resulting in the no 8 missing the remainder of the 2013 season.
According to Bulls team doctor Org Strauss, Spies complained about pain in his bicep after the Stormers warm-up match.
A MRI scan and ultrasound of the area was done and did not show any damage, but as the pain did not go away after the opening Super Rugby match against the Sharks, two other opinions were also called for.
These specialists found bleeding and rupture of the bicep after more scans and decided upon immediate action.
Spies will be operated on this week at Unitas Hospital and will miss at least six months of rugby taking him to the end of August - the Super Rugby season ends on the 2nd of August so he may feature in the Rugby Championship or the Currie Cup.
Commenting on the loss of the influential player, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke, admitted that it was a major setback.
"Especially as we recently just lost Arno (Botha) for the rest of the season," admitted Ludeke.
"Both players are Springboks, were an important part of our game plan and contributed tremendously in the leadership category."
"But we have learned by now that you have to adapt when the injury bogey strikes, so we will have to adjust accordingly," Ludeke said.
In other injury news, Strauss confirmed that Deon Stegmann will be seeing a specialist on Wednesday regarding his groin injury.
Dean Greyling sprained an ankle against the Cheetahs on Friday night, but will train on Wednesday.
Morne Mellett has been declared fit, following his back strain.