The Blue Bulls may have to do without the services of talented flyhalf Derick Hougaard for much of this years’ Currie Cup.
Hougaard is set to go under anaesthetic on Tuesday and doctors will examine his troublesome ankle closely.
According to Bulls team doctor, Tommie Smook, the stability of the pivot’s ankle is a worry and even without the need for an operation, he could still miss the next six weeks.
With an operation, the possibility of Hougaard returning at all for the Currie Cup drops dramatically.
If an operation is needed to solve the problem, Hougaard may not play any Currie Cup rugby this year. Morne Steyn, who himself has struggled with injury during the Vodacom Super 14, will be the only fit Bulls flyhalf when the season gets underway on June 24.
Zimbabwean No 10 Kennedy Tsimba missed the entire Super 14 and is only expected back in action some time in July.