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Tuesday, 14 August, 2001, 13:42 GMT 14:42 UK
De Beer out for six weeks
Jannie De Beer in actio for the Saracens
De Beer joins Castaignede on Saracens' injury list
South African star Jannie de Beer will miss Saracens' first three games of the season because of a leg injury.

De Beer is likely to be sidelined for six weeks after damaging his knee during the Zurich Premiership side's pre-season friendly against Edinburgh Reivers on Saturday.

The former Springbok, who picked the injury during a tackle, had a scan on Monday, which revealed medial ligament damage to his knee.

Saracens chief executive Francois Pienaar was clearly disappointed at losing the fly-half he signed last March so close to the start of the new season.


There is real concern over the number 10 slot
Francois Pienaar
Saracens boss

"Jannie has been working very hard in pre-season training and he is very frustrated at getting injured at such a crucial time. His form has been excellent," Pienaar admitted.

It is another injury blow for Saracens, whose star utility back, Thomas Castaignede, was recently ruled out for several months because of a long-standing Achilles tendon problem.

The Sarries boss will now be busy looking for replacements before his side's opening clash against London Wasps on the first weekend of September.

"There is real concern over the number 10 slot," Pienaar added.

"Now that Jannie and Thomas are both out of action we are in contact with various agents and are in the market for a fly-half.

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