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Schalk Burger to resume training

Flanker Schalk Burger will return to the rugby field after a year-long absence.

Flanker Schalk Burger will return to the rugby field after a year long absence. Pic: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Province and Springbok flanker Schalk Burger has received the green light to resume training, as he begins his comeback from surgery.

Burger, who missed the 2012 Super Rugby season with a knee injury, underwent surgery to remove a cyst pressing against his spinal cord in March, but there were complications when he contracted bacterial meningitis.

Since then, Burger has been through some tough times, which has seen him spend a total of six weeks in hospital and another eight weeks indoors.

After consulting his specialist on Wednesday, he received the news that the cyst - which had been pressing against his spine and causing discomfort in his calf muscle - was gone and that he could return to the High Performance Centre and begin working towards an eventual comeback for Western Province.

For now, Burger will be able to increase his training workload in the gym, with the next step being a return to field training.

When pressed on a potential comeback date, Burger told wprugby.com providing a timeline was "difficult" and that he doesn't want to "over-commit to a return date".

"The good news is that I can start to train properly and get the heart-rate up. That, in itself, is exciting news and I look forward to increasing my training schedule over the next few weeks with the help of the strength and conditioning team at WP Rugby. We will then reassess things again in a month's time," Burger said.

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