Cats captain Wikus van Heerden’s season is not over just yet.
Van Heerden had been contemplating a six month lay-off to recover from surgery needed for his troublesome knee, but it seems the damage is not as serious as first thought.
“I’ve got a lot to look forward to later this season,” van Heerden told Beeld. “A couple of days ago I thought my season had come to an end and that I’ll have to sit on the sidelines for six months because of an operation to fix my knee.”
According to Beeld, the initial diagnosis was inflammation of the knee, but no improvement was seen in the last two weeks and the worst was feared by the tearaway flanker.
However, after consultation with a knee specialist this week van Heerden was given the good news that an operation is not necessary.
“The initial diagnosis was correct. There’s just a lot of bruising on the knee because of all the hard knocks. The specialist advised me to rest my knee for between 10 and 14 days. I may cycle and swim, but I can’t run,” said van Heerden.
Van Heerden is sure to miss the rest of the Super 14, but should be fit to take part in the Springbok training camp in Bloemfontein later this month.