Brett in line to replace Carter

The Crusaders have been boosted by the news that Stephen Brett’s progress is going well just days after they lost star first five-eighths Daniel Carter for at least six weeks through a high ankle sprain.

Carter suffered the injury in the process of making a tackle during the Crusaders 20-13 win against the Hurricanes in their Super 14 rugby clash in Wellington on Friday night.

X-rays showed no break but Carter is expected to be out until the the Crusaders penultimate round-robin match against the Reds in Brisbane on May 10.

Crusaders doctor Tony Page said after the injury that Carter would be unable place any weight on the ankle during the initial stages of recovery.

“Once the swelling has reduced, Dan will be reviewed and we will have a clearer picture of the likely time-line as to when he will be able to resume training,” said Page.

The bye this week is timely for the Crusaders and talented Brett, who injured an AC shoulder joint against the Cheetahs on March 15, might have recovered sufficiently to be considered for the No. 10 jersey.

Crusaders coach Robbie Deans said that while Brett was making swift progress he would not be rushed back into the team until he was ready.

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