Kanko ready, Herbst out, James doubtful

Amidst the coaching chaos in Durban, the Sharks will also need to focus on their match against the Blues on Saturday with a pretty serious injury list.

This week sees a return to Super Rugby after the June international window. The Sharks will be keen to finish the tournament strongly, when they take on the Blues on Saturday at 14:50.

Dr Alan Kourie, The Sharks Team Doctor, has released a medical update on the players that have been side-lined due to injury.

Players ready for selection
Cobus Reinach
Jacques Botes
Ryan Kankowski

Players not ready for selection this week
Wiehahn Herbst (groin)
Tim Whitehead (arm fracture, bone not fully united)
Craig Burden (neck)
Frans Steyn (knee surgery)
Meyer Bosman (knee surgery)
Francois Kleinhans (ankle surgery)
Jandre Marais (ankle sprain)
JP Pietersen (groin surgery)

Players to pass fitness test later in the week
Butch James (muscle strain)
Heimar Williams (AC joint sprain)

Players close to ready (in next few weeks)
Craig Burden
JP Pietersen
Tim Whitehead
Meyer Bosman

Commenting on the upcoming game, Sharks captain Keegan Daniel said, “The Blues have quite a bit of x-factor in their team, we know they are dangerous from anywhere on the field. We need to focus on ourselves, we want to go out there and express ourselves.

“The calibre of players we have returning from Springbok duty is a massive boost for us. We also had guys playing against the Lions who put their hands up and players returning from injury. We just want to play some great rugby.”

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