While Brussow is not likely to feature in the match 22 for this weekend’s Super Rugby clash in Bloemfontein against the Crusaders, his return couldn’t have come at a better time for Naka Drotske and his management corps.
Brussow hasn’t played for three months, but returned to training last week after picking up a toe injury playing for his Japanese club Docomo Red Hurricanes.
Brussow, 27, who has 70 Super Rugby caps and played 20 Bok Tests, is earmarked to return against the Sharks in Durban next weekend, and could get some Vodacom Cup action beforehand.
After the Crusaders this weekend, the Cheetahs face a tough away match against the Sharks and a home game against the Stormers before playing away against the Bulls.
And they need to win all three to ensure they stay in contention after only winning one game and losing five before edging back last weekend to draw with the Chiefs.
The Crusaders, who are still at the bottom of the Kiwi Conference despite outplaying the Lions last weekend, will need to overcome losses on their last two trips to the City of Roses.
But they are in line to be boosted by their regular captain, Kieran Read, who picked up concusssion against the Hurricanes two weeks ago and was ruled out of the Lions game of last weekend.
He will take over the captaincy from centre Ryan Crotty, while his return could also not have been timed better after one of the Whitelocks, No 8 Luke, was ruled out with a knee injury.