Eben Etzebeth says he doesn’t think his shoulder injury is “too serious” after being forced off midway into the first half against Scotland on Sunday.
While the Springboks opened their World Cup campaign with a 15-point victory over Scotland in Marseille, they also suffered a major injury scare in the process.
Etzebeth was forced off after playing just 25 minutes and replaced by RG Snyman, prompting concerns over the centurion’s availability for the remainder of the World Cup.
However, speaking to Netwerk24, Etzebeth eased fears that he could miss a significant part of the tournament.
“I’m going for a scan [on Monday]. I don’t believe it’s anything too serious,” Etzebeth told Netwerk24 after the match.
“I hurt my shoulder (in contact) when I was carrying the ball.”
A further update on Etzebeth’s status will be expected when the Springboks brief the media on Monday afternoon.
The Boks are already without Lood de Jager, who was left out of the 33-player squad due to a heart condition.
Jean Kleyn missed the opener due to a knee injury, but is expected to be fit for selection for Sunday’s match against minnows Romania.