Blue Bulls looking thin at fullback for Currie Cup

The Blue Bulls are facing a crisis at fullback in the Currie Cup as Jurgen Visser has been ruled out for the rest of the season and Jesse Kriel will not be available for Saturday’s Currie Cup match against the Golden Lions in Pretoria.

Visser has been ruled out until next year with a foot injury, whilst Kriel injured an ankle and will be out of two weeks.

Kriel’s injury was picked up against Western Province on Saturday and the match also claimed prop Hencus van Wyk, who will spend two weeks on the touchlines.

Jacques du Plessis (quad, Tuesday), Van Wyk (ligament, 2-3 weeks), Kriel (ankle, 2-3 weeks) and Grant Hattingh (ankle Tuesday) will sit out training on Monday, team doctor Org Strauss confirmed.

Tony Jantjies (concussion) and Jacques-Louis Potgieter (ribs/tonsilitis) have made a full recovery and will train on Monday.

Visser joins Pierre Spies, Arno Botha, Firk Kirsten, Jaco Visagie and Flip van der Merwe on the long term injury list. Morne Mellett (knee) will be out for another two to three weeks.

Amongst the Under-21 squad there will be a return to action for Jermaine Kleinsmith, who has recovered from a knee operation, while Wilco Louw has flu and will train on Wednesday.

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