Stormers fullback Leyds sidelined with ‘bad fracture’

Tristan Leyds and Rosko Specman duel for the ball. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Tristan Leyds and Rosko Specman duel for the ball. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

The Stormers have a major injury casualty following their 34-33 preparation series loss to the Cheetahs at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

Fullback Tristan Leyds, younger brother of Springbok and former Stormers star Dillyn, broke his finger in the contest and is set to be sidelined for an extended period.

“He fractured one of his middle fingers. It’s a bad fracture so he’s got to be operated on and will be out for 10 weeks,” Stormers coach John Dobson said during a virtual press conference.

Dobson lamented the cruel luck for the promising 23-year-old.

“He’s a kid and it means so much to him and we want to bring him through, but he’s going to be out for a long time, unfortunately. He is going to be out for 10 weeks which is a blow because we wanted to really bring him through in these preparation [matches].”

Dobson added that the only other injury worry was that of midfielder Mnombo Zwelendaba, who got injured during Friday’s captain’s run.

“He pulled his Achilles and that’s a fairly serious injury, which is a pity because he’s a great young No 13,” Dobson said.

The Stormers’ next match is against Griquas in Kimberley on Wednesday, 10 March.

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