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Etzebeth on course for May return

  • 20 Mar 2018
Eben Etzebeth receives medical treatment Eben Etzebeth receives medical treatment

Stormers and Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is confident he’ll be fit and available to play as early as May.

Etzebeth was forced off the field just before half-time in the Springboks' match against Wales in Cardiff in December, after sustaining a nerve injury that caused severe pain in his left shoulder.

The 26-year-old has now confirmed that his rehabilitation is on schedule and that he should be fit for the Stormers’ games against the Bulls, Chiefs, Sunwolves and Lions as well as Boks’ Tests against England.

'Starting the new season with a rehabilitation programme is not top of the wish list for any player, but that is the situation I find myself in at the moment and I have to embrace the challenge and deal with it as best as I can,' Etzebeth said.

'I am currently recovering from a combination of shoulder and back injuries and the projection is that – if all goes according to plan – that I should be able to return to action in May.

'The period away from the field has also allowed me to deal with a niggling back injury which has caused me discomfort for a while. I am working with my conditioning team to get back to full fitness and strengthen the areas of my injuries.'

Photo: Andrew Matthews/Getty Images

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