Super Rugby
Frans Steyn out for six weeks
May 7, 2013
The Sharks' Francois Steyn runs into the Chiefs' Sam Cane, Chiefs v Sharks, Super Rugby, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, April 27, 2013
Frans Steyn has undergone surgery to his left leg © Getty Images

The Sharks say their Springbok back Frans Steyn has been sidelined for at least six weeks with a lower leg injury, putting his participation in South Africa's June internationals in doubt.

The Sharks said on Tuesday that Steyn sustained acute department syndrome in his lower left leg, which is swelling, and the inflammation needs surgery to release pressure around the muscles and nerves.

Steyn had surgery in Dunedin after the Sharks' Super Rugby loss to the Highlanders last Saturday and will return home from the tour. It was originally feared he had broken his leg.

The Sharks also said Springboks prop Tendai Mtawarira would be out for three weeks with a left calf muscle tear.

South Africa's international season kicks off in a month with a four-team tournament involving Scotland, Samoa and Italy.


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