Goosen starred for the Bulls in last season's Currie Cup but has missed most of this season. Nienaber said the player will remain with the Bulls to finish his rehab when the Boks go into their Test season.
“He will probably start the URC [United Rugby Championship] next season for the Bulls. It is supposed to start at the end of the Rugby Championship.
“If he is declared medically fit, if everything goes well and his performances are good he can join us on the end of year tour,” the coach said.
Another player who can provide cover at flyhalf and inside centre, Frans Steyn, is also on the mend. Steyn has a hamstring injury but he is very much in the Bok plans, albeit for now on the periphery.
Steyn, as was the case in the build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, was set straight about how he fits into the greater scheme of things.
“We had a good conversation with Frans,” said Nienaber. “He is a player we will probably pull into the squad during this year. We had an open conversation with him, saying, 'Do your rehab, make sure you are 100% right and in good physical conditioning. If we pick up an injury, we will pull you into the squad ASAP.'