Rugby 16.9.2013 03:32 pm

Mellett cleared, Mbonambi out

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jacques du Plessis of the Bulls and Bongi Mbonambi drive for the Bulls with Nizaam Carr tackling for WP during the Absa Currie Cup match between Vodacom Blue Bulls and DHL Western Province from Loftus Versfeld on September 14, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Gallo Images)

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jacques du Plessis of the Bulls and Bongi Mbonambi drive for the Bulls with Nizaam Carr tackling for WP during the Absa Currie Cup match between Vodacom Blue Bulls and DHL Western Province from Loftus Versfeld on September 14, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Gallo Images)

Fiery Blue Bulls hooker Bongi Mbonambi will miss the team’s Currie Cup match against the Golden Lions on Saturday due to a knee injury.

Mbonambi will be out of action for two weeks after a small ligament tear to the knee, team doctor Org Strauss confirmed.

Prop Morne Mellett has been declared fit, following a neck spasm and will train on Monday, as will winger Travis Ismaiel.

Grant Hattingh, Francois Venter and Ulrich Beyers will not train Monday due to minor ailments, but will be fit for selection.

Meanwhile, Springbok winger Bjorn Basson has been released for Currie Cup duty this weekend.

Jean Cook (thumb, two weeks), Callie Visagie (ankle, three weeks) and Courtnall Skosan (quad, four weeks), could all still play in the competition later in the season.

The long-term injury list is: Basil Short (knee, four months), Francois Hougaard (ankle, four months), Cornell Hess (knee, five weeks), Deon Stegmann (shoulder, four months), Arno Botha (knee, three months), Pierre Spies (biceps, three months) and Louis Fouche (knee, three months).

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