Each week during the Super Rugby Pacific season, we'll be providing an SKG Fitness Update. This week, we get you up to speed with Byrnad Stander's injury.
Brynard injured his right eye socket whilst playing against the Highlanders in Dunedin in Round 13. He collided heads with team-mate Bayley Kuenzle when attempting to make a try-saving tackle.
Brynard had a CT scan at Dunedin Hospital after the match which showed a fracture in his zygomatic (cheek) bone and floor of his orbit (eye socket).
Due to swelling in his sinuses, he was unable to travel back to Perth for a few days. This is because air pressure changes with flying can increase the stress on the eyeball and nerve structures.
Brynard had successful surgery on Wednesday this week to repair the fractures and now has some new metalware in his face to protect against possible future impacts. He will gradually resume light exercise and build into non-contact training over the next 6 weeks and aim to return to rugby between 8-10 weeks post-surgery.
We wish Brynard all the very best in his recovery!