Vito joins Hurricanes ever growing injury list

Victor Vito will join La Rochelle later this year

The Hurricanes worrying injury list grew a little longer this week when Victor Vito injured his knee and was ruled out for six weeks.

The big All Black No.8 joined Brad Shields, Tim Bateman and Matt Proctor after scans revealed that he had damaged his posterior cruciate ligament.

Vito suffered the injury in training at Porirua a short while after second five-eighth Bateman was carried off with a medial collateral ligament injury that will sideline him for up to four weeks.

Loose forward Shields is looking at 6-8 weeks and winger Proctor (2-4 weeks) injured their knee and ankle respectively during a preseason match against the Melbourne Rebels in Geelong last weekend.

Vito pulled out of Hurricanes training early in the session to put ice on his knee but the level of damage was a surprise as it was initially believed to be nothing more than a knock.

The All Black’s absence creates a dilemma at loose forward for coach Mark Hammett as he is down to his third choice No.8 for the Super Rugby warm up match against the Crusaders in Levin.

Faifili Levave and Blade Thomson are next in line and Ardie Savea can play off the back of the scrum if needed.

The Hurricanes start their Super Rugby season in South Africa against the Sharks in Durban and the trip to the Republic is suddenly a test of depth particularly in the loose forwards.

The injuries mean that wider training group member Adam Hill could start against the Sharks while loose forward Callum Gibbins could also fly to South Africa on Saturday.

In addition to Vito, Shields, Bateman and Proctor, prop Reggie Goodes is currently out injured with a toe injury.

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett will be hoping that his squad don’t pick up any new injuries against the Crusaders.

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