Cruden’s Super Rugby season and World Cup over

All Blacks and Chifs No.10 Aaron Cruden will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season and most likely the Rugby World Cup after injuring his ACL.

Cruden was forced from the field in the Chiefs 9-26 victory over the Crusaders and has now had a scan on his anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee.

The Chiefs have announced that Cruden will see a surgeon on Wednesday to arrange a knee reconstruction in the coming weeks.

Traditional reconstruction surgery has been deemed to be the most appropriate given Aaron’s young age and long-term career prospects.

The expected return to play time for this sort of surgery is six months.

The timeframe make it almost impossible for Cruden to join the All Blacks as Saturday last week was five months to the day for the kick off of the Rugby World Cup in England.

Cruden said that he has not completely given up on playing in the Rugby World Cup and is hoping that he might be called up in similar way to the way Stephen Donald stepped in at late notice for the All Blacks in 2011.

“I haven’t completely ruled out making the World Cup,” Cruden told Stuff.

“Looking at the last World Cup there were a few injuries and guys getting called in late so I guess, all going well with my rehab and my recovery ticks along nicely, then who knows what can happen.

“But at this stage I can’t put all my energy into that – I just have to make sure I go up to Auckland on Wednesday, see the surgeon and make a plan from there and attack it step by step.”

“To be honest it was hard to believe initially due to the fact the swelling around my knee hasn’t blown up, it’s a little bit sore but still feels reasonably strong.

“And just the nature of (how I did) the injury I guess – it wasn’t a contact injury, I was just running, propping off to change direction and (it was like I) was struck down by a sniper.”

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admitted that losing Cruden for the World Cup was a blow.

“It’s obviously hugely disappointing for Crudes and we will be supporting him as he goes through this tough time and we wish him all the best with his surgery and rehab over the next few months,” said Hansen.

Hansen added: “As selectors we plan for these unfortunate events and are constantly looking to build depth in all positions across the team.”

The Chiefs have Andrew Horrell as cover for the rest of the season while the All Blacks have Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade who have all played in the number 10 jersey at Test level.

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