Pumas count the cost of loss
INJURY UPDATE: The Pumas are counting the cost of their 26-68 loss to the defending champion Golden Lions in their Currie Cup encounter at Ellis Park last week.
A number of players have been added to the Pumas' already lengthy injury list.
The only positive is that they have a bye this week and the injured players will have some additional recovery time.
Several players are still awaiting the results of scans, done in order to determine the severity of their injuries.
Fullback Justin van Staden is doing limited training this week after he picked up an injury to his toe.
Scrumhalf Reynier van Rooyen is also doing limited training while awaiting the results of an MRI scan for a tear to his medial collateral ligament.
Replacement back Deon Helberg is sitting out training with a bicep contusion. Results from an MRI scan will determine whether there is a tear.
Centre Hennie Skorbinski is not training after he suffered a concussion during the game and is undergoing tests.
Prop Khwezi Mona is also sitting out training with an injury to his left eye socket.
He may have to undergo surgery.
There is a chance of some players returning from short-term injuries.
Hoffman Maritz could get clearance to start training soon, following a calf muscle strain.
Reuben Johannes has also almost recovered from a calf muscle strain and could get clearance to start training soon.
Ruwellyn Isbel has been referred to an occupational therapist for his fractured thumb but is training without contact.
Lambert Groenewald is recovering well from a calf muscle tear. He should be able to start full training next Monday.
Stephan Greeff is sitting out training and may have to undergo surgery for a shoulder contusion.
Marne Coetzee is training with limits for his MCL tear.
Heinrich Steyl is not training whilst undergoing rehab for a hamstring strain.
Brian Shabangu is doing limited training while recovering from an intercostal muscle injury.
Players on the long-term injury list include Simon Westraad (still undergoing rehab following surgery on a dislocated shoulder and he should only be available for selection in September); Johan Herbst (started rehab for a ruptured bicep injury and his anticipated date of return is October); Lubabalo Mtyanda (having his left ACL reconstructed in Durban and his anticipated date of return is March 2017); Chris Cloete (also need to have his ACL reconstructed) and Rassie van Vuuren (who decided to end his career due to the injury to his lumbar disc).