Bulls battling with injuries
Blue Bulls centre Francois Venter received the green light to train on Monday, but some of the Pretoria-based outfit's other players were not so lucky.
Venter has recovered from his shoulder injury and should come in for contention for a place in coach Pine Pienaar's matchday squad for Saturday's clash with the Free State Cheetahs in Pretoria.
Mornè Mellett (stiffnes in neck) and Jono Ross (concussion) will only train on Wednesday, Blue Bulls team doctor Org Strauss said on Monday.
Tony Jantjies (hip) and Travis Ismaiel (knee) will be out for another week, whilst Jean Cook and Callie Visagie will be out for another month due to a thumb and ankle injury respectively.
The long term injury group are still the same.
Basil Short (knee, 5 months), Francois Hougaard (ankle, 5 months), Cornell Hess (knee, 6 weeks), Deon Stegmann (shoulder, 5 months), Arno Botha (knee, 2 months), Pierre Spies (bicep, 3 months), Louis Fouchè (knee, 3 months).
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