South African international front-rower Steven Kitshoff will miss at least the first month of Super Rugby after suffering a hamstring injury in preparation for this year’s competition.
The injury, suffered in a warm-up game last week, has proven more severe than first anticipated, said Stormers coach Robbie Fleck on Thursday.
“The outcome with him and his injury is that it is still four to six weeks,” Fleck said as he named his team for their first away game in this year’s edition against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
“He took a cleanout against Boland and did his hamstring. It’s a grade two tear”
Kitshoff, who turned 27 this week and has won 37 test caps, joins fellow Springbok prop Frans Malherbe, locks Eben Etzebeth and Cobus Wiese, loose forward Juarno Augustus and wing Sergeal Petersen on the Stormers’ injury list.
All apart from Kitshoff and Etzebeth are expected to be available for the game at home against the Lions on Feb. 23.
(Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Toby Chopra)