Bismarck du Plesis faces long injury layoff

South Africa's Bismarck du Plesis faces an eight-month recovery following a knee injury picked up against Argentina.

South Africa's Bismarck du Plesis is set to be sidelined until 2013 following a knee injury picked up in Saturday's Rugby Championship victory over Argentina.

Speaking after the match, South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer revealed that the influential hooker faces an eight-month recovery.

"I think Bismarck will almost certainly be out for the rest of the year," said Meyer.

"He went for a scan and may have torn ligaments. I do not want to pre-empt anything before the doctors have the final say, but that type of injury normally rules a player out for up to eight months."

Craig Burden has been called up as a direct replacement for du Plessis.

Francois Steyn
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