Town – Springbok and Lions fans
will have to wait a little longer for Warren Whiteley’s return to the
The 30-year-old has been out with
a knee injury since mid-March.
The initial diagnosis suggested
that Whiteley would miss around four weeks of action, but three months later
there is still no sign of his return.
Whiteley had been named in the
Lions squad that toured Australasia in April, but he was withdrawn from that squad
the day before the team was due to leave South Africa.
With the Golden Lions currently
in SuperSport Rugby Challenge action, there had been the hope that Whiteley
might be included for Friday’s clash against the Valke in Johannesburg.
But, when the team was named on
Thursday, there was no sign of Whiteley.
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus,
meanwhile, said this week that he expects Whiteley to be available for the
Rugby Championship, which gets underway in August.
Whiteley had been named Bok
captain under Allister Coetzee last year but lasted just two matches before
injury then ruled him out for the remainder of 2017.
The Lions, meanwhile, are next in
Super Rugby action when they travel to Durban to take on the Sharks on June 30.