Conrad Jantjes will undergo an operation on his Achilles tendon on Tuesday afternoon and will be out for approximately three months.
The Cats fullback has been struggling with this injury since the start of the Super 14 and has never been able to run flat out. “I have really been struggling to get into form because of the injury,” he told Suparugby.com. “I saw Fief Ferreira in February and he said I will be fine in three weeks, but the pain never cleared up. It has been uncomfortable right through the Super 14 and it is now time to fix the problem.”
The operation will last for about 45 minutes during which the Achilles will be cleaned out. According to the doctor, Jantjes should rest for two weeks after which he will start with rehabilitation, Suparugby reported.
The Lionsâ€™ Currie Cup prospects are starting to look bleak with lock Alten Hulme also out for eight months and AndrÃ© Pretorius is already ruled out.
Springbok coach Jake White was very disappointed to hear about Jantjesâ€™ injury which is weird as his assistant, Allister Coetzee is the Cats backline coach and should have been aware of Jantjesâ€™ situation.
With all the injuries in the Springbok squad White was sure to need the talented Jantjes. “If everything goes according to plan I should be able to play a club game after eight weeks and will be able to join the Currie Cup in August,” Jantjes said optimistically.