Vodacom Blue Bulls no8 Hanro Liebenberg will miss the next six weeks of the Absa Currie Cup due to surgery, but Arno Botha has been cleared to play in the competition this weekend.
Liebenberg had to undergo surgery following a blow to his intestines and will only be back in six weeks, pending recovery, team doctor Org Strauss confirmed.
Botha has been cleared following a knee injury picked up in Japan and can be considered for this weekend's match against ORC Griquas in Kimberley.
The likes of Dayan van der Westhuizen, Tian Schoeman, Dries Swanepoel, Warrick Gelant and Roelof Smit will only train on Tuesday, following light niggles sustained in the win over the DHL Western Province last weekend.
Strauss also confirmed that Callie Visagie will not play again this season. The hooker will undergo foot surgery this week and will be out for four months at least.
Visagie will join Irne Herbst, Piet van Zyl, Morné Mellett and Dennis Visser on the long-term injury list.
Ruan Steenkamp and Pierre Schoeman, who are recovering from knee injuries, is pencilled in to return at the end of the month and Ryan Nell and Duncan Matthews for September 15th.