But the 31-year-old Springbok bolter is truly back on the training field – and Western Province assistant coach Robbie Fleck believes the might feature in the latter rounds of the Currie Cup.
“Schalk is training hard and he is being put through his paces. This was the longest session so far and he is really positive about his progress,” said Fleck.
“He looks on course for a return to the playing field in the second round but we’re not putting any pressure on Schalk and there is no pressure on us from his side either.”
Meanwhile, coach Allister Coetzee made just one change for Saturday’s game against the Cheetahs at Newlands, swopping the previously benched Michael Rhodes with Gerbrandt Grobler.
Exciting Cheslin Kolbe also recovered sufficiently from a knee concern to continue his stint at wing but will have to bide his time before being given his favoured No 15 shirt.
“Cheslin is going to get his opportunity at 15 at some point, but right now Gio Aplon is the man in charge,” said Fleck.
“Fullback is Gio’s preferred position and he had another good game. His work-rate is phenomenal off the ball. We need a bit of seniority and leadership at the back and Cheslin is quite happy on the wing.”