24 Jun 2006
Springbok wing Bryan Habana could miss the away leg of the Vodacom Tri-Nations after picking up a rib injury.
Habana was replaced at half-time against France at Newlands after becoming the third player in two weeks to suffer a chest injury and is in doubt to be included in the Bok squad for the Tri-Nations.
The squad was due to be announced this evening, but SA Rugby bannounced it has been pushed back to Monday.
The extent of the injury was not immediately known, but the player was in considerable pain in the changeroom. He was sent immediately for X-rays and the results will only be known on Sunday.
Gaffie du Toit replaced the Blue Bulls speedster and then failed to have the pace to reach a ball he had chipped through and was also beaten by Vincent Clerc for the match-clinching try moments later.
“Bryan has picked up a rib injury and depending on whether it is just bruised or broken we will be able to make an assessment on Sunday if he will be included in the squad or not,” Coetzee told keo.co.za.
Coetzee said that if the rib is cracked then he would be out for four to six weeks. He would then miss the trip to Australasia and would only return to Bok duty against New Zealand at Loftus Versfeld on August 26.
“We are awaiting medical opinion either tomorrow or Monday.”
By Andrew Hollely