Stormers get Vermeulen boost for play offs

The Stormers have been given a boost after it was revealed that No.8 and captain Duane Vermeulen should be able to feature for them in the Super Rugby play offs.

Vermeulen saw a neurosurgeon on Monday after was withdrawn from Saturday’s match against the Lions with a severe neck spasm.

Vermeulen suffered an intense spasm in his neck after last Friday’s captain’s run, with an MRI showing a bulging disc at a C5 level.

However, the Stormers and Springbok star consulted a neurosurgeon on Monday and the prognosis was positive ahead of the upcoming Super Rugby play-offs, with the Stormers set to host either a quarter- or semifinal in the coming weeks.

“Duane Vermeulen saw a neurosurgeon today (Monday) and the neurosurgeon has given us the positive feedback that he continues to improve and that he still shows no signs of specific nerve root irritation,” said Stormers team doctor, Dr Jason Suter

“After reviewing the MRI with his radiology colleagues, the neurosurgeon is confident that the disc bulge is old and has not changed from previous scans, and is not the cause of the severe spasm. He has recommended no surgical management and Duane will undergo extensive physiotherapy over the next ten days.

“The neurosurgeon has also indicated that there is no risk of exacerbating the injury and feels that Duane will be able to play in the Super Rugby play-offs.

“The Stormers medical team will continue to manage him, and he will obtain a second neurosurgical opinion tomorrow (Tuesday) to ensure he is given all possible input to his injury and its management.”

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