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Schalk in hospital with meningitis

Springbok and DHL Stormers flanker Schalk Burger has suffered another severe setback to his planned comeback to the rugby field after being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

Burger is currently in hospital fighting the illness and will be there for the next 14 days, after which it will be at least another six weeks before he will be fit to play.

According to a media release issued on behalf of Burger’s family, the illness, which can be potentially very serious, was contracted following an operation to reduce pressure on a nerve that was influencing the performance of his calf muscle.

“Given a successful recovery, he will remain in hospital for the next 14 days whereafter it will be at least another six weeks before he will be fit for playing,” said the statement.

“We would like to thank the specialists who are looking after him and are doing a marvelous job, as well as everyone who has sent their best wishes, given the tough time he, his wife Michele and son Schalk are going through.”

A further statement will be issued as his condition improves.


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