Carter to miss start of AB’s Rugby Championship

All Black star Dan Carter’s return to the international stage has been delayed for a month after he cracked a bone playing for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final.

Carter was forced to leave the field playing in Saturday’s Super Rugby final against the Waratahs after he cracked his fibula (calf).

His Super Rugby team the Crusaders who lost the final by one point at 33-32 sent him for scans which revealed the damage which was initially missed.

“A scan has revealed a small crack in his upper fibula. The size of the crack meant it was not originally picked up by an X-ray and required a scan to locate it,” said the Crusaders in a statement.

“The injury just requires rest to heal and it is hoped that his recovery will take approximately four weeks.”

Carter has not played for New Zealand since their Test against England last year when he won his 100th cap for the All Blacks.

The star number 10 will definitely miss New Zealand’s opening two Rugby Championship/Bledisloe Cup fixtures against Australia as well as a Test in Napier against Argentina on September the 6th.

Thirty-two-year-old Carter missed the first six months of rugby on sabbatical this year but helped the Crusaders reach the final after they returned to Super Rugby following the June Internationals.

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