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Cheetahs forced to wait on Johan Goosen

Johan Goosen will have a scan on Tuesday on his heel

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Article Published: Tuesday 5 February 2013|

The Cheetahs will have to wait until the middle of the week to find out if they can play Springbok fly half Johan Goosen in their Super Rugby warm up against the Bulls.

The Cheetahs play their third Super Rugby warm up on Saturday in Polokwane against the Bulls.

Goosen has not played any rugby since he injured his knee playing for the Springboks against the All Blacks in Soweto last October but could return this week.

The Cheetahs expect to hear on Wednesday whether Goosen has been given the green light.

Ironically Goosen's knee is not the problem that is holding him back but his left heel instead according to Volksblad.

The Bok number 10 will have a scan Johannesburg on Tuesday to determine whether he can play this weekend.

Cheetahs' backline coach, Hawies Fourie said that it is possible that there is a bone fragment in Goosen's heel which would need to be removed.

Fourie did however say that if this is the case then Goosen will only be delayed by a week and he should be ready to play in the opening round of Super Rugby.

"Johan practiced with the team last Monday and then on his own for the rest of the week. (On Monday) he trained with the team again."

"His knee is 100%. All is fine when he runs," Fourie told Volksblad.

"It's only when he grounds his foot to kick for posts when he feels pain in his heel," said Fourie.

If Goosen is not ready this weekend the Cheetahs are likely to name one of Elgar Watts, Riaan Smit or Francois Brummer in his place.

The Cheetahs start their Super Rugby campaign for 2013 against the Sharks in Bloemfontein on February the 23rd.

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