Frans Steyn rolled his ankle at training on Monday and could miss the Springboks’ Rugby Championship Test against Australia at Loftus.
Steyn was one of six players who missed training, with promising flyhalf Johan Goosen among those.
Steyn sustained the injury five minutes into the team’s morning session and missed the afternoon run. Scans have shown no serious damage, but team doctor Craig Roberts said the midfielder would be managed conservatively.
‘We’ll have to make a call in his availability depending on how he responds to treatment overnight. I think the coach will make a call later in the week but we’ll give him every opportunity to recover,’ Roberts said.
Goosen has bruised the heel of his planting foot (left) and only played a limited role in training. Roberts is optimistic about his recovery. Goosen could start in place of Morne Steyn, although head coach Heyneke Meyer was non-committal when probed on this issue.
The other players who are being treated are Coenie Oosthuizen (stiffness), Jacques Potgieter (groin strain), Lwazi Mvovo (hamstring strain) and Flip van der Merwe (calf strain). They are all, however, expected to be available for selection.
Meyer lamented the injury list. ‘I’m disappointed to have that many guys out, I wanted a hard session today with all 30 guys,’ he said. ‘There was a number of attacking things I wanted to work on.’
The Springboks name their side to face the Wallabies on Wednesday.