Skip­per Kolisi faces a lengthy lay­off

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport -

Cape Town – Storm­ers coach John Dob­son yes­ter­day con­firmed that cap­tain Siya Kolisi (left) has suf­fered a Grade 3 me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment (MCL) tear.

“Siya is un­for­tu­nately go­ing to be out for – at best – six to eight weeks. He saw a spe­cial­ist yes­ter­day,” Dob­son said at the Storm­ers’ High Per­for­mance Cen­tre in Bel­lville.

Kolisi was in­jured in a late tackle by Hur­ri­canes hooker Ricky Ric­citelli at Newlands over the week­end.

The good news was that the Spring­bok cap­tain would not re­quire surgery.

The Storm­ers also lost hooker Bongi Mbonambi to a ham­string in­jury and Dob­son con­firmed that the Bok No 2 would not be avail­able for this week­end’s home game against the Bulls.

“Bongi’s look­ing bet­ter than we thought. He won’t play this week... and he’s go­ing to be out for the two to six week range,” the coach added.

Scrumhalf Her­schel Jan­tjies sat out train­ing yes­ter­day due to an up­per chest in­jury but is ex­pected to take the field against the Bulls on Satur­day.

“He’s got a sterno tho­racic (in­jury). He’s sore but he’ll be okay for Satur­day,” Dob­son said.

The Storm­ers team will be named to­mor­row. Kick-off is at 5.15pm.

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