Alberts doubtful but Steyn set to start for Sharks
Springbok centre Francois Steyn will make his first appearance for the Sharks since returning from France in Friday's must-win clash with the Bulls at Kings Park.
Steyn is back from honeymoon after missing the third Test against England due to his wedding and is now set to feature in the Sharks midfield just three weeks after confirming his transfer from Parisian club Racing Metro.
The Durban hosts are also hopeful that Springbok full-back Pat Lambie will be fit but loose forward Willem Alberts is yet to pass a fitness test ahead of Friday's showdown.
"Willem Alberts is still very doubtful for the weekend," Sharks coach John Plumtree confirmed at a media briefing on Tuesday.
"We're lucky to have Frans (Steyn) back, Tim Whitehead will partner him in the midfield and that's a combination I'm excited about; it's new and although they don't really know each other yet, hopefully they will settle in quickly and complement each other's' skills.
"The competition is at a crucial stage, so to have a break like we had is pretty hard work; we saw a lot of rusty rugby from the teams who were going well three weeks ago, look at the Crusaders who lost at home, that's pretty unheard of.
"If you look at what we've inherited from the Springboks, it doesn't help as we have two or three injured players as well. But that's the draw and that's what you're dealt with; there's no use complaining, you have to just get on with it.
"Obviously we're disappointed getting Willem back injured, he's a key player for us. But it was good to see Bismarck, Jannie and Beast playing well. Ryan Kankowski had some game time in the last Test match, Keegan didn't get much time, and clearly Marcell has become a key man for the Boks, he played nearly every minute of each Test which is good for him. I also thought JP and Frans played well."