South African number 8 Duane Vermeulen is set to miss South Africa’s remaining crucial third test with Ireland on Saturday due to an elbow injury sustained in Johannesburg.
Vermeulen, who missed Toulon’s championship run-in for another Top 14 title due to his international commitments, now joins Durban Sharks out-half Pat Lambie who has been ruled ineligible due to recurring concussion symptoms sustained when taking a blow to the head from a flying CJ Stander in the first test.
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Vermeulen suffered the injury in the first half of last Saturday’s do-or-die clash in which the Springboks scrapped a 32-26 victory passed an out-gassed Ireland side whose adaptation to the altitude was not as proficient as Irish fans would have hoped.
“Duane went for x-rays on Monday, which revealed a grade two tear in the elbow. He will be out for between two to six weeks, depending on how the injury responds to treatment,” said team doctor Konrad von Hagen.
(source via uk.reuters.com)
Allister Coetzee is reportedly not to call a replacement into the squad with Warren Whiteley, who came on for Vermeulen at the weekend, set to start at the rear of the scrum in Port Elizabeth.
Whiteley picked up a shoulder injury from the second test after taking a knock to the AC joint and has been left out of contact drills in training thus far this week.
But positively for the Springboks is that resulting scans have shown that there is no significant damage to the painful injury with Coetzee and co. confident that the Lions captain will be fit for this Saturday. Whiteley had a significant contribution off the bench in South Africa’s brilliant comeback with Toulon back-rower Vermeulen having under performed in the series thus far.