Cheetahs

Hollenbach out for six months

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The Cheetahs, who kick off their Super 14 campaign against the Lions in Bloemfontein in February, will be without star fullback Alwyn Hollenbach for entire the competition.

Hollenbach tore ligaments in his knee during the Free State Cheetahs’ 20-18 win over the Lions in the Final of the Absa Currie Cup at the weekend.

“Alwyn is going to be out of action for six months,” Cheetahs coach Naka Drotsk’ said.

“It is a major blow for us.”

However, while Hollenbach is out of commission, the Cheetahs will be able to count on the services of first choice fullback Bevin Fortuin for the competition.

This news comes despite recent complications in the No.15’s recovery from a dislocated hip.

Fortuin was forced to watch the Currie Cup Final from hospital, after he developed blood clots on his lungs during a period of eight weeks when he was immobile while being in plaster – following the hip surgery.

“It is nothing serious,” team doctor Org Strauss told this website.

“He most likely picked up deep vein thrombosis during his period of immobility, which caused the blood clots on his lungs. He will be fine for the Super 14. It was just an unfortunate complication.

“Bevin is on blood dilution medication and he’s doing very well,” he added.

By Gareth Green 365 Digital

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