PARIS – Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth could recover from injury in time to face France this weekend, head coach Rassie Erasmus said on Monday.
Etzebeth left the field in the Springboks’ 12-11 defeat to England on Saturday with an ankle injury.
Erasmus originally said the gifted 27-year-old would miss the French game and could be out for the rest of the tour.
“The injury is not as bad as we initially thought, and we will give Eben time until Tuesday to prove his fitness,” said Erasmus, who is set to announce the line-up on Thursday.
The Springboks have been strengthened by the arrival of Faf de Klerk, Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Franco Mostert, Francois Louw and Vincent Koch in the French capital.