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Lions hit by injuries

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Johannesburg – The Lions suffered two injuries in their 19-12 victory over the Southern Kings in a pre-season rugby warm-up match in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Fullback Andries Coetzee suffered a knee injury that would keep him sidelined for approximately six weeks. Pumas lock Rudi Mathee was ruled out for eight weeks after fracturing his arm.

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PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 01: Andries Coetzee of the MTN Lions is taken off the field during the Super Rugby Warm Up match between Southern Kings and Lions at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on February 01, 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)

The Johannesburg franchise received some encouraging news that Elton Jantjies, Anthony Volmink and Ruan Dreyer were making good progress recovering from shoulder injuries.

The three players were expected to make a return to action within three weeks, the Lions said in a statement. – Sapa

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