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Schalk Burger to take a break

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Sidelined Schalk Burger is going on a holiday in an effort to cope with the intimidating prospects of losing out on Stormers and Springbok action over the next few weeks.


“I know for sure that my leg will be in a cast for the next three weeks”, said Burger.


“After that I’ll just have to see how the rehabilitation goes and I don’t know how long that will take and when I’ll be ready (for the Boks).”


Normally players returning from knee operations need at least three weeks of rehabilitation once the cast has been removed.


The expected six weeks on the sidelines will effectively rule out the blond flanker from facing the Six Nations Grand Slam winners Wales who are up against the Springboks in Bloemfontein on June 7, and again in Pretoria a week later.


The Springboks squad will be assembling for a training camp in Stellenbosch on Sunday June 18. That is about the time that Burger’s cast is expected to come off, and realistically his best bet for returning to action will be June 21, when the Springboks, the reigning World Champions, meet Italy at Newlands.


Burger said that he picked up the injury when he entered a ruck during the Stormers’ match against the Highlanders at Newlands last week.


“I had just gone into a ruck when someone kneed me. My foot got stuck and that’s when I hurt my knee,” said Burger.

 

“Rugby is a contact sport, and injuries are bound to happen.

“It was a bit of bad luck but I knew what happened.”


Burger is rather cut up that he is missing out on his team’s final push for a Super 14 semifinal berth.

 

“The worst is that the Stormers are now entering the best part of the competition,” said Burger.

“There’s also the possibility of a semifinal.”


Burger said he would make the most of the situation by taking a three-week holiday.


Burger will be watching the Stormers from the grandstand on Saturday, and will be hoping the team extends their sequence of victories in this year’s Super 14 campaign.


“I hope they will go the whole way. I know they can,” he said.


Burger’s absence will rob spectators at Newlands on Saturdayof witnessing what would have been a likely highlight — a showdown between two of the world’s finest flankers, as George Smith will be spearheading the Brumbies’ thrust at the breakdowns.


“It’s unfortunate that Schalk is out of this game. He is a quality player and everyone knows that,” said Smith.


“We know that it is always a tough battle at the breakdown against any Super 14 team. Last week I thought Cobus Grobelaar (of the Lions) was fantastic around the field, and this week the Stormers will be no different.”


Sapa – Super14.com

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