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Kirchner waits on doctor's orders



Springbok fullback Zane Kirchner will have to wait for the opinion of the orthopaedic surgeon who operated on his hand before he knows when he will next play in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby series.

Kirchner broke a finger and was operated on some six weeks ago, and was expected to make his return last week for the Vodacom Bulls against the Highlanders.

But the Bulls medical team did not want to take a risk and rested him for an extra week, only to now refer the matter back to the surgeon.

One of the problems is the fact that the screw in his finger was only removed on Friday, and now it is up to the specialist to see how well he has recovered before he takes contact again.

Kirchner will have been frustrated by the fact, and will be itching to get onto the field to help his team strengthen their position at the top of the South African conference.

It may be that he is cleared this week, but it is just as likely that Kirchner may have to sit out another week of action before the makes his return.

There was good news otherwise for the Bulls after their 35-18 win over the Highlanders, especially as many of their injury worries seem to have dissipated by the time they reached their Monday recovery session.

The only real worry now is reserve flyhalf Louis Fouche, who took a knock and is struggling with a hip pointer, and it is likely that SA under-20 flyhalf Handre Pollard will be put on standby if he fails a fitness test on Wednesday.

Hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle will only train on Wednesday following a bruised knee, while a host of others have been cleared to resume training on Tuesday, allowing them an extra day to recover from the bumps and bruises.

Among those are midfielder Jan Serfontein (ankle), Lionel Mapoe (knee), Francois Hougaard (knee), Flip van der Merwe (calf), Werner Kruger (flu), Dewald Potgieter (knee), Frik Kirsten (ankle) and Juandre Kruger (hamstring).

Both Jacques Potgieter and Dean Greyling, who missed out on selection for the Highlanders game, have been declared fit.

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