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Skosan to miss Super Rugby season

The Emirates Lions were dealt a massive blow on Tuesday when Springbok winger Courtnal Skosan was ruled out of virtually the entire Vodacom Super Rugby season with a knee injury.

Skosan, who has played 12 tests for the Springboks in the past year and excelled as a try scorer in Super Rugby, was expected to be a large part of Swys de Bruin’s plans this year but the injury will have him struggling to play any rugby before the Currie Cup.

Skosan will be out for at least six months after the scan in went for after injuring himself in training on Monday revealed an ACL tear in his knee.

The Lions sent out a one-line injury update on Monday confirming the injury, but not stating the length of absence from the field.

“Emirates Lions wing Courtnall Skosan injured his knee in training on Monday. A MRI scan confirmed that it is an ACL tear,” the statement read.

Sports doctors consulted by supersport.com have put the recovery for such an injury between six and nine months, with one physician saying it is unlikely that Skosan will take the field this year.

This is a huge setback for the winger, but also for the Springboks as Skosan would have been part of their plans for the three-test series against England in June.

Meanwhile, the Springboks have returned to the Lions training centre with captain Warren Whiteley making steady progress and getting four games in Japan since his return from injury while Jaco Kriel will be ready at the end of February.

The Lions have their first hit-out against a Vodacom Bulls side this Saturday at Emirates Airline Park at 3pm in a pre-season fixture. Entrance is free.


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