Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has confirmed that JD Schickerling could miss most of the Super Rugby season due to an injury.
Twenty-two year old lock Schickerling was injured near the end of the Stormers 45-28 loss to the Crusaders in Christchurch.
Originally the injury was thought to be a shoulder injury but in appears that it could be a torn bicep.
Schickerling has returned home to South Africa and been replaced in the touring squad by Salmaan Moerat.
Head coach Fleck has confirmed that Schickerling is set for an extended period on the sidelines.
The full extent of the injury will only be known once he has seen a specialist in Cape Town but that early indications are that he will be out for around 12 weeks.
The injury is a blow for the Stormers as Eben Etzebeth will miss the first start of the season.
“He was outstanding on the weekend against three All Black locks,” Fleck told Sport24.
“It was an unbelievable performance. Him and Cobus Wiese were standout players for us up front,” said Fleck.
“The last couple of games he has been playing exceptionally well … just his work rate and mentality around the park was outstanding.
“We’re going to miss him.”
“It’s unfortunate, because it happened in that last scrum. His arm got caught in the scrum and he couldn’t get out of it … it was a ‘no win’ situation for him.”
Fleck added that he was “hopeful” that Pieter-Steph du Toit will recover from the head knock he sustained against the Crusaders.
SP Marais looks to have recovered from his knee injury but the better news for the Stormers is that flyhalf Damian Willemse should be back this weekend.