Sivivatu could miss the rest of the rugby year

Sitiveni Sivivatu could miss the rest of the Super 14 and be ruled out of rugby for the rest of the year if his visit to the specialist on Thursday ends negatively.

The Chiefs and All Blacks will have their fingers crossed that he will be able to play on and not be ruled out.

The winger is having ongoing problems with his left shoulder and has suffered repeated dislocations during the Super 14 which has seen him spend long periods on the sideline.

He returned for the Chiefs’ 25-25 draw with the Cheetahs on Friday but suffered a recurrence of the problems with the joint.

Chiefs coach Ian Foster has admitted that the prognosis was touch and go and they Sivivatu will see a specialist on Thursday to find out if the joint needs surgery.

If he does need surgery then he would be looking at missing the next six months of rugby ruling the 28-year-old 43-test senior winger from the entire test programme.

Foster has already described Sivivatu as “unlikely” for this weekend’s rugby.

In a further blow for the Chiefs Stephen Donald is almost certain to to miss this weekend as week after he suffered a calf strain in the Cheetahs match.

The Chiefs are currently have not won yet at Waikato Stadium this season.

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