Things looked rather bleak for the Lions earlier this week. Their coach Swys de Bruin is out of commission‚ while an extended injury list looked like exacting a heavy toll on the team that already sits bottom of the South African conference. The prognosis now‚ however‚ is less bleak after news emerged that flank Cyle Brink and captain Warren Whiteley’s injuries are not as severe as initially feared. Both had missed earlier parts of this season due to injury. Brink picked up a mild knee strain against the Crusaders but should be ready for the Lions’ next match against the Waratahs‚ next Saturday. Whiteley has a small cartilage tear in the knee‚ which was described in a team media release as an ailment “that will settle over the next few weeks”. Whiteley received that knock against the Chiefs and was a late withdrawal for the match against the Crusaders. According to the release Sylvian Mahuza is also a casualty of the Crusaders match. He has a LCL injury of his left knee and the medi...

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