Cheslin Kolbe confirmed on Saturday that he will be on the crutches list for as long as a month after injuring his ankle in a match for Toulon against Lyon.
The Springbok blitz scored a try for Toulon, but the bonfires were cut short when he left the field in tears a little while later.
“I regularly talk to the doctor and the physiotherapist but usually an injury like this means that one can be on the sidelines for as long as four weeks,” said Kolbe in an interview with Toulon’s official website.
However, he expressed the hope to be back on the playing field as soon as possible.
Kolbe has already scored 11 tries in his 23 Springbok tests, while he also took over the Boks’ set-piece duties in Handré Pollard’s absence last November, along with players such as Faf de Klerk and Damian Willemse.
He was also on crutches for part of the international season last year after breaking his jaw in the last test against Wales in Cape Town.
“It is difficult, there is a lot of frustration and a lot of injuries. But my main focus is to fire on all pistons again as soon as possible.”
Although players like Canan Moodie and Kurt-Lee Arendse are also starting to make their mark on the international stage, a Springbok team list that includes Kolbe’s name looks that much more dangerous.
He has shown before that he is a player for the important moment when he fooled England’s defenders to score a top three in the final of the Rugby World Cup tournament in Japan.
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