Old Hararians enterprising fullback Danny Robertson could miss the senior national team’s upcoming tour of Tunisia after limping out of the explosive Lion Lager National Rugby League derby tie against Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
The versatile backliner, who is also comfortable at flyhalf or centre, had to watch the rest of the second half of the derby from the sidelines having limped out of the match with a heavily strapped knee.
His early try could not help his side as Harare Sports Club went on to post their 10th victory in 11 matches after beating Old Hararians 30-23.
Robertson, who turns 22 today, is part of the 30-member provisional squad named last week which is expected to start camp today ahead of departure for the North African nation on Friday.
The Peterhouse College graduate was a regular in last season’s unbeaten Sables side and was rewarded by being named the Sables Player of the Year at the 2011 Lion Lager Rugby awards.
He was again expected to play a key role this year starting with the tricky Confederation of African Rugby (Car) Africa Cup Group 1A tournament from July 9-15.
The Sables will lock horns with hosts Tunisia, Uganda and Kenya in what will essentially be the first stage for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Sables’ team manager Losson Mtongwiza confirmed the injury scare to NewsDay Sport yesterday, but said the team’s medical team would only make the final decision today.
“Danny Robertson suffered a knee injury while featuring for Old Hararians against Harare Sports Club on Saturday. He didn’t train today (yesterday), but the team doctor examined him and will only make their final assessment tomorrow (today). We all hope he will be fit to play in Tunisia as he is a key player in the side, if you consider his performances last season,” said Mtongwiza.
Sables’ provisional squad
Forwards: Denford Mutamangira, Pieter Joubert, Jakov Jakov, Kuda Kambasha, Tinashe Bopoto, Alfred Sarai, Costa Dinha, Jan Ferreira, Fortune Chipendu, Takunda Chifokoyo, Norman Mukondiwa, Shingi Mpofu, Jacques Leitao, Prayer Chitenderu, Tatenda Karuru, Brian Makamure
Backs: Charles Jiji, Scotty Jones, Tichafara Makwanya, Lenience Tambwera, Daniel Hondo, Cleopas Makotose, Tangai Nemadire, Danny Robertson, Kuda Chiwanza, Gavin Nyawata, Raymond de Jong, Josh Rowe, Samson Makuku, Wesley Mbanje