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Bjorn Basson to return to SA

Bulls wing Bjorn Basson will return home this week following his successful recovery from an operation.

Bulls wing Bjorn Basson will return to South Africa this week following his successful recovery from an operation.

JOHANNESBURG - Bulls wing Bjorn Basson will return to South Africa this week following his successful recovery from an operation in Christchurch.

He injured his intestines during the Bulls defeat to the Crusaders two weeks ago.

Basson was kept in hospital after undergoing an operation.

Bulls team doctor Org Strauss said the player has been cleared to fly.

"He was discharge from hospital last Friday and he was cleared to fly today. He will be flying back to South Africa with his wife on Thursday."

Meanwhile, the Blue Bulls have told EWNSport that Basson is likely to sit out for a great part of the Currie Cup.

Strauss said it will take a while before Basson returns to full fitness.

"He will definitely be able to play in the Currie Cup, but it will be in the later part of the competition. I think he will be out for at least another six weeks."

Strauss said Basson is recovering steadily.

"It's a traumatic rugby injury and it's very rare. We're just happy that we picked it up early. I think the medical treatment in New Zealand was very good."

The Currie Cup kicks off on August 10.