Evan Roos: Stormers boss John Dobson fears the worst after star back-row’s knee injury

Stormers head coach John Dobson has confirmed that star number eight Evan Roos is set to spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in his side’s 35-5 defeat to Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium.

The 23-year-old sustained his injury in the 14th minute of the United Rugby Championship encounter after being cleared out at a ruck by Ulster back-row duo Duane Vermeulen and Nick Timoney.

Continued playing

Roos twisted his knee while falling back awkwardly and after leaving the field to receive treatment, he returned to continue playing but was eventually taken off permanently in the 22nd minute.

He only returned to action in the Stormers‘ Champions Cup win over Clermont Auvergne last week after being ruled out for two months due to a rib injury sustained while on Springbok duty.

Roos was seen in crutches after Friday’s match against the Northern Irish province and Dobson doesn’t expect him to return to action soon.

“It’s knee ligaments, but I am not sure of the grade or the scale yet,” said Dobson. ” It was a nasty cleanout, and Evan is going to be gone for a while, unfortunately.

“He’s on crutches, so it’s not a trivial knee injury.

“I just hope it doesn’t impact his aspirations at national level.

“I would be surprised if he plays for the Stormers again [this season].”

Apart from the Roos, Stormers full-back Clayton Blommetjies and back-row Junior Pokomela also withdrew ahead of the match and they lost hooker JJ Kotze and fly-half Jean-Luc du Plessis to injuries before half-time.

“Junior developed headaches last night (Thursday), and he was concussed against (London Irish) – so the doctors ruled him out then,” added Dobson.

“Blomme had some infection in his groin that just came up this (Friday) morning, and by lunchtime, he couldn’t walk.

More misery

“In the match, JJ is another concussion, Jean-Luc quite a substantial concussion, and then (Roos went off).

“It’s just frustrating as I was trying to get that loose trio back together, but now Evan – that was a really nasty clean-out, and he’s going to be gone for a while unfortunately.”

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