18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
However, the medical team hope Boome may recover before the three-month period which would see him resume training in February.
Saints announced the signing of Boome after the Stormers were beaten in the semi-final of the Super 12 tournament by the Canterbury Crusaders. Boome, who captained the side, will come to the Saints with a pedigree that includes 20 caps for the Springboks and his contribution to the 2003 Rugby World Cup.