Super Rugby: Melbourne Rebels scrum-half Luke Burgess out for two months
Rebels hope scrum-half Luke Burgess could return before the end of the Super Rugby season despite fracturing his knee.
Last Updated: 19/05/14 8:10am
Burgess suffered a tibial plateau fracture and will miss six-to-eight weeks but could be available for their South Africa tour over the last two rounds of the regular season.
The 30-year-old was hurt in the thrilling 30-27 win over the Queensland Reds with initial fears that his season was over.
Head trainer Bryce Cavanagh said: "We thought we might have seen the end of Luke's rugby season, so a six-eight week lay-off, while not ideal, is certainly far better than what we originally feared."
The injury adds to Melbourne's scrum-half troubles with Nic Stirzaker, who had taken Burgess' place in the side, still sidelined by an ankle problem.
Former Australian Under-20 half-back Ben Meehan is in line to take the No 9 jersey in his starting debut against the Waratahs in Melbourne on Friday night.
But Josh Holmes is also in the reckoning after signing from Sydney club Warringah earlier this month.
"Josh has been in terrific form in the Shute Shield, he is hungry for an opportunity and we have confidence in his ability to step up at short notice," said Rebels' operations manager Baden Stephenson.