Flyhalf Elton Jantjies may yet be named in Allister Coetzee’s first Springbok match-day squad for Saturday’s Test against Ireland at Newlands (5pm).
Jantjies underwent surgery to his broken middle finger towards the end of last month and it was initially feared that he would miss the series against the Irish.
But according to Springbok team doctor Conrad von Hagen, Jantjies is making steady progress.
And while he didn’t take contact at yesterday’s training session in Belhar, if selected, Jantjies will sport a custom-made brace against Ireland.
He is expected to take contact on Thursday, when Coetzee will name his side and Von Hagen explains: “We want to give him as much time as possible not to take contact. The plan is for him to take contact on Thursday.
“[We] made him a custom-made brace that he is allowed to play with. That just protects that little area and he will be training with it as well.
“He’s tested it out at training last week and he’s feeling quite comfortable with it.”
Von Hagen says Jantjies is pain-free in the area and explains: “[He] passed the test where he can catch and pass without pain.
“He’s really confident [that the injury is healing well].”
Lock Pieter-Steph du Toit is another player that hasn’t been completely ruled out of making a miraculous return for the Boks second row.
Du Toit was withdrawn from the squad last week after he suffered a hamstring injury.
But it seems like the magic spray is working a treat in the Bok camp, with Von Hagen saying: “Pieter-Steph du Toit is recovering very well, it’s part of final phase of rehabilitation.”
Meanwhile, prop Trevor Nyakane has also shrugged off his injury concerns and took part in yesterday’s training session, while in-form midfielder Lionel Mapoe has also recovered from his back spasm.