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Masaga out of SA tour

The Chiefs have been hit by news that Lelia Masaga could be sidelined for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.

Masaga has been in stunning form this season and has played a big role in helping the Chiefs to second spot on the log, but just as the team prepares to head to South Africa for a crucial three-match tour, it seems their already thinning stocks on the wing has been dealt yet another blow.

Masaga was injured during the Chiefs’ clash with the Lions last Saturday night in Hamilton, hobbling off in the second half. Coach Ian Foster feared the injury ‘didn’t look too good’ and those concerns were confirmed on Sunday when a scan revealed major ligament damage to the ankle.

The Chiefs medical staff suggest a four to six week recovery period. The aim now will be to get Masaga ready for the two difficult matches against the Hurricanes and Brumbies when the side returns home.

Woodcock still not ready

The Blues will have to wait another week for the services of senior All Blacks Tony Woodcock and Ali Williams.

Pat Lam is, however, likely to have Josh Blackie and Rudi Wulf back for Friday’s must-win clash with the Lions at Eden Park.

The Blues got back to work on Monday after having a bye that followed consecutive defeats to the Chiefs and Waratahs. There was the welcome sight of lock Williams (Achilles strain) and prop Woodcock (ear infection) getting through some light training.

But Blues coach Pat Lam confirmed that neither player was a likely option for their clash with the Lions and the plan is to reintroduce them for the following week’s match against the Highlanders.

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