South Africa’s World Cup campaign could have just been dealt a major blow with the news that captain Jean de Villiers could be out for between four to six weeks with a fractured jaw, according to Sky Sports.
The Springboks captain now has a monumental race to be fit in time for the Rugby World Cup in September after suffering this latest injury setback, as South Africa went down 37-25 to Argentina.
De Villiers has only just returned from a potentially career-ending knee injury, which had kept him out of the game since November last year.
The Springboks’ game against Argentina was De Villiers’ first start since that long-term setback, but the 34-year-old could now potentially miss the final international tournament of his career, as he races against the clock to return to fitness.
To compound the issue further, South Africa also announced that Marcell Coetzee has suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee. This latest affliction will keep Coetzee out of the Springboks team for ‘approximately six weeks,’ according to sarfu.org.za.
While Willie Le Roux has sprained his ankle and ‘will undergo scans early in the week to determine the exact nature of the injury.’
This trio of injuries comes as a late and significant blow to South Africa right before the RWC kicks-off, with De Villiers’ fractured jaw in particular coming as a cruel turn of fortune.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena