The Cheetahs will not rush scrum half Sarel Pretorius back to fitness and they will give him as much time as he needs to recover from a hamstring injury.
Pretorius has missed the Cheetahs last two Super Rugby matches - against the Bulls and Sharks - as he injured his hamstring in the 26-24 win over the Stormers on April the 6th.
The scrum-half scored a crucial try against the Stormers after charging down Nic Groom's clearance kick and then ran 50m to score. However in the process of scoring the try he injured his hamstring.
Pretorius' injury means that Tewis de Bruyn has been Piet van Zyl's deputy in their last two games but Volksblad website says that the former Waratah will be given until Thursday to prove his fitness for this week's match against the Southern Kings.
Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie said that they will not rush Pretorius back if he's not 100% fit.
"Maybe it's better not to push Sarel to play against the Kings. We have our first bye next week and that will give him another week to recover," Fourie told Volksblad.
Fourie has also revealed that prop Trevor Nyakane could return this week from a hip injury after he was a late withdrawal last week and was replaced by Caylib Oosthuizen.