By Nakedi Masike
Injured Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi is back in training with the Golden Lions, but is only expected to be fit in three weeks’ time.
He returned to the Lions to complete his rehabilitation but no further updates were given regarding his progress. Dyantyi is in a race against time to be fit for the World Cup after sustaining a hamstring strain during a Bok training session on 12 July.
He has since missed South Africa’s title-winning Rugby Championship campaign as well as the first half of the Lions’ Currie Cup campaign.
However it is believed that Dyanti has returned to training, but will only be able to participate in full-contact exercises within the next two weeks. If Dyanti regains full fitness and a greenlight within the expected timeframe, the Lions will use him according to the Springboks management orders.
Although given the time, he should not be rushed and therefore his recovery should be managed. Meanwhile, the Lions are stressing over the availability of at least seven other players ahead of their encounter against the Sharks on Friday. Centres Jan-Louis la Grange and Manni Rass both sustained head knocks and are following the return-to-play instruction for concussion programme.
Loose forward Vincent Tshituka and wing Stean Pienaar both low-grade ACL injuries while props Johannes Jonker and Jacobie Adriaanse both sustained calf strains as well as Cyle Brink are all crocked and will undergo fitness tests later in the week to determine their availability for selection.