Injury blues for Blues

The Stormers bid for a second consecutive win overseas received a shot in the arm with the announcement on Thursday that the Blues will be without two key players on Saturday.

Winger Doug Howlett and openside flanker Daniel Braid have again been ruled out for the Vodacom Super 14 clash.

However, coach David Nucifora on Thursday said the pair, who were coming back from hamstring injuries, were expected to be available for selection next week against the Western Force.

Howlett has been sidelined since suffering his injury in the Blues’ loss to the Crusaders early last month. The problem ruled him out of New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games sevens squad in Melbourne.

Nucifora is due to name his 22 on Friday for the clash with the Stormers.

Meanwhile, Luke McAlister may also miss out and a decision on whether he would play would only be made on Friday morning.