Flyhalf Johan Goosen will miss the rest of the Super Rugby campaign after dislocating his shoulder during the Cheetahs’ 36-33 defeat to the Highlanders on Saturday.
The 19-year-old pivot delivered a great performance against the Otago team in Bloemfontein, scoring 18 points via a 65m try, three penalties and two conversions. However, he dislocated his shoulder during the act of scoring the try early in the second half as Highlanders fullback Ben Smith made a covering tackle.
Goosen confirmed that he will be out of action for four months.
‘I just fell awkwardly after that last tackle came in,’ Goosen told keo.co.za. ‘It wasn’t the same shoulder that I hurt against the Lions three weeks ago [Goosen suffered bruising to the shoulder after a high tackle from Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies], it was the other one. But I’ll need to undergo surgery early this week to start my recovery.
‘I’m obviously very disappointed, but injuries are part of the game.’
Goosen will also miss the 2012 Junior World Championship, that will be hosted in Cape Town from 4-22 June. The player was selected in the final Baby Boks squad last Wednesday. It would’ve been his second tournament appearance for the SA U20s.
There were also rumours that Goosen was being considered as surprise pick for Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer’s squad to tackle England in June. Meyer is a big fan of Goosen, and the player’s impressive form during Super Rugby could’ve resulted in a senior national call-up.
By Gareth Duncan