Bandise Maku was ruled out of the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby season with a pectoral muscle injury. The Vodacom Bulls were dealt this blow during Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Toyota Cheetahs in Polokwane when Maku injured himself.
Maku who is scheduled for surgery on the 3rd of February, which will rule him out of action for four to six months, is reported to have felt no discomfort after the game.
The Vodacom Bulls who are scheduled to travel to London to play a pre-season game against Saracens this weekend will also be without winger Akona Ndungane, as well as prop Dean Greyling.
Ndungane is nursing a calf strain while Greyling has an ankle strain and they will both miss the next two weeks of action. Both are expected to be fit to be considered for selection for the Bulls opening game against the Stormers on February 14.
Trevor Nyakane, who withdrew a day before the Polokwane game because of a back spasm, has been declared fit. Springbok Handre Pollard, who has missed most of the pre-season with a foot injury, returned to training on Monday.
Maku has been added to the long term injury list, where he joins Flip van der Merwe (pectoral, mid-April), Hencus van Wyk (lisfranc fracture dislocation, end of February), Pierre Schoeman (ACL rupture knee, 15 July), Adriaan Strauss (calf, 9 Feb) and Jason Jenkins (quad, 2 Feb).
But Hanro Liebenberg (quad contusion), JJ Engelbrecht (quad/knee contusion) and Lappies Labuschagne (shoulder spasm) all trained on Tuesday.