Possible broken hand for Habana


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Springbok and Bulls star Bryan Habana will soon discover the extent of a hand injury which forced him to leave the field during a Super 14 match.

Wing Habana was seen with a heavily bandaged hand after being taken off 55 minutes into a game against South African neighbours the Lions at Coca Cola (Ellis) Park Saturday which the Bulls won 16-9 to stay top of the table.

“We will know how serious the injury is only after x-rays have been taken on Sunday, but the team doctor suspects it may be as bad as a fracture,” Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said.

Bulls doctor Org Strauss told reporters immediately after the match that he feared 2007 World Rugby Player of the Year Habana could be sidelined for up to a month.

Voted best player the same year he helped South Africa win the World Cup in Paris in 2007, Habana is a key cog in a Bulls team that has also defeated the Reds and Blues this season.

Should Habana be ruled out for a month, he will miss a match against the Stormers in Pretoria next Saturday and tour games with the Hurricanes and Highlanders in New Zealand.

The Bulls, who pipped the Sharks in the 2007 final to become the only South African winners of the southern hemisphere championship, have a bye the weekend after they play the Stormers.


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