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Injury problems for the Kings

Gruelling back-to-back derbies against the Toyota Cheetahs have left the Southern Kings with some injury concerns ahead of their next Guinness Pro14 overseas mini-tour that will start with a fixture against Ulster in just under a fortnight from now.

There is still no news of the extent of the injury that has kept flyhalf Oliver Zono out since the first round match against the Cheetahs in Port Elizabeth. Zono injured his knee but is shortly to undergo a scope that will determine how long he will be out for. It appears unlikely he will be ready for the overseas trip.

A further injury examination is also due for fullback Ntabeni Dukisa, who was the first choice place-kicker against the Cheetahs but had to leave the field in the second half with a muscle tear. The word from the Kings medical staff is that he will be unlikely to make the tour. The same applies to scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen.

Although X-rays have revealed there is no break to Van Rooyen’s ankle, the first choice No 9 appears to have a Grade 2 ligament tear.

The good news for the Kings though is that two long-term absentees, prop Justin Forwood and flank CJ Velleman, could be back on the field in the not too distant future. Velleman in particular has been away from the field for a long time and a season or so ago was rated highly for his ball scavenging abilities. It will be a big boost for the Kings when he is back on the field. His return is likely to take place the next time the Kings play at home, which will be against Benetton once they return from overseas in mid-February.


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