Gerrard likely to miss one week

Gerrard likely to miss one week CA Brumbies winger Mark Gerrard is likely to miss one week after sustaining a knee injury in his side’s 21-15 win over the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.

While Gerrard, who was assisted from the field with the eight minutes remaining, will miss this weekend’s match against the Blues at Canberra Stadium, it is expected that he will be available to play the Reds in Brisbane on February 17.

CA Brumbies team doctor Warren McDonald says Gerrard’s injury is not as bad as originally thought.

“Mark strained the medial ligament in his left knee when he twisted it in a tackle [against the Chiefs],” he said. “However it has responded well to treatment and, while we’ll review the situation during the week, at this stage he’ll only miss one week and should be available for the Reds match in a fortnight.”

CA Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher says while Gerrard’s recovery has been speedy, he will not be considered for this weekend’s match against the Blues.

“I’d be surprised if he was available this week,” he said. “He’ll spend the week on the sideline and should be right for the following week.

“It’s an important year and we don’t want to send him into a game with a weakness in his knee. He’s been part of the [Wallabies’] restricted training group and is important in the Wallabies’ framework, so I think it’s important to look after him and not rush him back.”

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