The Lions will have to find a new flyhalf for Loftus this weekend after flyhalf Elton Jantjies was ruled out for between 3-4 weeks on Monday.
Not only will Jantjies miss this weekend’s big game against the Bulls, but he will also be out of the first Springbok Test against Ireland on June 11 at Newlands, which kicks off in 19 days’time, while he will be touch and go for the second Ireland Test on June 18 at Ellis Park.
Jantjies left the field in the 57th minute during last weekend’s Lions win of 52-24 with a dislocated finger which was on Monday described by the Lions medical staff as being fractured after the scans returned and he then consulted a hand surgeon which ordered him to go under the knife on Tuesday.
Other Lions injury blows are fullback Jaco van der Walt who had been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury, while prop Corne Fourie has a rib injury and will have to undergo a fitness test later in the week before he will be cleared to travel to Pretoria with the team.
Ross Cronje is first in line to replace Jantjies while the Lions will also look at Marnitz Boshoff, while either Sylvian Mahuza or JW Bell will step up for Van der Walt.
This weekend’s Super Rugby matches are the last round before the June International Test window, with the next round only to resume on July 2.