The Blue Bulls have suffered a massive blow to their Currie Cup campaign with news that experienced centre Jaco Pretorius has been ruled out for the first half of the competition.
Pretorius is one of the few senior players left in the Bulls squad after a host of players were called up for national duty, which is why his injury comes as a major blow.
"Jaco [Pretorius] is the only player we are seriously worries about," Blue Bulls team doctor Org Strauss told this website.
"He has a groin injury and we're not sure how serious it is, but he will have a minimum of six weeks out.
"He'll see specialist Mark Ferguson in Johannesburg and will have an MRI scan to determine exactly how serious the injury is, and how long he'll be out for."
After their humbling 35-16 defeat to the Sharks, the Bulls will desperately want to take some points away from their clash with the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday.
The Bulls will be holding thumbs that no more senior players are forced to withdraw from the side, especially with a scare over front row stars Gary Botha and Rossouw de Klerk.
"Gary Botha and Rossouw de Klerk are both struggling with neck strains, but they should both be fine to play this weekend," Strauss said.
The front row is an area of concern for the Bulls, who have already lost Gurthro Steenkamp, Werner Kruger and Dean Greyling to the Springboks.
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