Star Brumbies flanker David Pocock has been ruled out of Friday’s Super Rugby clash with the Chiefs after picking up an ankle injury.
Pocock is expected to spend the next few weeks on the sidelines after receiving the grade-one syndesmosis (high ankle) injury during Friday’s season-opening win over the Queensland Reds in Canberra.
It was Pocock’s first Super Rugby game in almost 12 months after tearing his ACL for the second time in two years, and he marked the occasion with a man-of-the-match performance.
The star No.7 did not train with the Brumbies’ squad on Monday, but is hoping to get his ankle right for a quick return to the field.
“Obviously it’s a disappointing outcome and not what I wanted, having spent a long time out,” Pocock said.
“But it’s treatable and I know I’m in good hands here with the Brumbies medical team.”
Coach Stephen Larkham said it was disappointing for Pocock but he expected him back at full fitness soon.
“It’s definitely a blow for Dave, having worked so hard to get back to full fitness and then to have played as well as he did on Friday,” Larkham said.
“But it’s a long season, this is contact sport and these sorts of injuries are quite common.
“It’s in no way related to his knee and we are going to approach it week by week to see when he’s ok to play again.
“While he’d rather be on the flight to New Zealand with the team than rehabbing in a moonboot, we are optimistic he’ll be back soon.”