Eben back, JC out for Stormers

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is expected to return for the Stormers' crucial clash against the Bulls this Saturday.

Etzebeth has been out of action since injuring his calf at the beginning of April, but should make a timely return at Loftus, although it remains to be seen if he's ready to slot straight back into the starting lineup.

'Eben Etzebeth has been training back at home and he will join us at training on Tuesday,' coach Robbie Fleck said after the Stormers' draw against the Jaguares on Saturday.

The only injury concern from that match is a knee injury sustained by prop JC Janse van Rensburg.

'It is not looking good for JC, he is going to go for some scans, he may have an MCL [medial cruciate ligament tear], which will be confirmed back in Cape Town, but the initial view on it is not good,' Fleck conceded.

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Craig Lewis