Following the contact session against the NMMU Madibaz on Friday last week, a few players have picked up minor injuries and will be monitored through the week.
Southern Kings Head Coach, Deon Davids, said Lukanyo Am had sustained a bruised knee, while Malcolm Jaer and Jurgen Visser both had tight hamstrings, which would be monitored ahead of the Southern Kings clash against the SWD Eagles in their first official warm up match in George on Friday.
Other players who are on the injury list and undergoing rehab are Phillip du Preez, with an ankle injury, Aidon Davis and Louis Fouche, with knee injuries, Jaco van Tonder, who is recovering from an ACL injury sustained last year and Kevin Luiters, with a strained calf.
Cornell Hess had also been sent home today due to illness, said Davids.
“It is obviously a concern when you have a long injury list before the start of the season, but we are doing the best that we can under the current circumstances,” said Davids.
Davids said he was thankful for the opportunity to have a hit out against the NMMU Madibaz last week.
“It was the best practice that we could ask for. The NMMU guys really gave us a go. I think we were really tested on defense and on attack, but I’m happy with the way we responded,” he said.
Davids said from an attacking point of view, there was room for improvement in continuity and keeping the ball through phases, and that he was not happy with the tackle count on defense.
He said the first official warm up game against the SWD Eagles at Outeniqua Park in George would play a crucial role in looking at various player combinations.
“Going into our first official friendly our focus will shift, and we will begin to focus more in terms of testing combinations, as well as at improving on our performance from the NMMU game,” he said.