Spies must wait longer

Springbok No 8 Pierre Spies will not be involved in any rugby matches during February, although he has been training with the Bulls’ squad and was involved in their lineout practice on Monday.

Tommy Smook, team doctor of the Vodacom Bulls, is satisfied with Spies’s recovery and said that, if everything goes according to plan, the big Springbok will gradually start to take part in contact sessions by the end of the month.

An approximate date for Spies’s return is expected at the end of the month, according the the Bulls website.

Meanwhile tighthead prop Rayno Gerber (achilles) as well as IRB Player of the Year Bryan Habana (rib) have been cleared to play against the Stormers, but World Cup wing Akona Ndungane will not be allowed to run out against Rassie Erasmus’s troops.

Ndungane’s stress fracture has healed properly but he will not be pushed and will be assessed on a week to week basis.

Springboks Bakkies Botha (ankle) and Chiliboy Ralepelle (knee) are both in the last phase of their rehabilitation and are expected to be back on the field in the near future. They will, however, not play against the Stormers.

Sapa – Super14.com

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