Stormers winger Van Wyk out for six weeks

Stormers winger Kobus van Wyk has been ruled out of Super Rugby for six weeks after he sustained a patella injury playing against the Western Force in Perth.

Van Wyk limped off the field in the 29th minute of Saturday’s Super Rugby clash in Perth (won 13-6 by the Stormers) and he will be unavailable until June.

Fellow wing Dillyn Leyds sat out training on Tuesday (the Stormers’ first training session of the week since returning from Australia), but squad captain Duane Vermeulen – fresh off his two-week rest period – rejoined squad training at the HPC in Bellville.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee admitted that losing a winger like Kobus van Wyk was a loss for the team.

“It’s obviously a blow to lose a player like Kobus ahead of a big game like this, but we have players like Johnny Kotze, Huw Jones and also Pat Howard who are hungry for a starting opportunity,” said Coetzee.

“We have a few days to mull over our selection options and will make those final decisions ahead of Thursday’s team announcement.”

Coetzee said that the rest of the team was in a positive mood after their tour of Australasia and that they are looking forward to this weekend’s big clash.

“It doesn’t get much bigger than a North-South Derby in Cape Town,” said Coetzee.

“We had a fantastic tour and the guys spent some quality time together, but there is nothing better than being back at home in front of our passionate fans at Newlands. We’re certainly looking forward to the challenge!”

In other team news lock Manuel Carizza (cut on the inside of his mouth) is once again available for selection after missing the Force clash.

No.8 Nizaam Carr (cut on the head) came through the Force match unscathed and trained full-out on Tuesday.

Utility back Jaco Taute (knee) is still following a conservative route ahead of his playing return. He has rejoined split training and should be back in action in two weeks’ time.

Flank Mike Rhodes (hamstring tear) is responding well to treatment after sustaining his injury on tour against the Waratahs.

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