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Carter Sidelined for UP TO 6 weeks

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 29 Mar 2008 at 08:39
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Crusaders first-five-eighths Daniel Carter could be out of action for up to six weeks, and possibly longer, as a result of the ankle injury he sustained during Friday night’s Rebel Sport Super 14 match against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

The CRFU reports that while the 26-year-old was cleared of any structural damage by an x-ray following the Crusaders’ 20-13 win, an MRI scan that was conducted in Wellington late this afternoon revealed that Carter had suffered an injury commonly known as a high ankle sprain.

“He will be unable to bear weight on the ankle during the initial stages of his recovery. Dan’s injury is of a similar nature, but of possibly increased severity, to that which was suffered by [Crusaders halfback] Andrew Ellis earlier in the campaign,” Crusaders doctor Tony Page says.

“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.”

Carter sustained the injury while making a tackle on a Hurricanes player during the second half. He was assisted from the field immediately and took no further part in the game.

Although the injury is of a similar nature to that of Ellis, Dr Page was quick to warn that all cases are different, as are the respective recovery time-lines.

Ellis was originally expected to be sidelined for six weeks after suffering his injury during the Crusaders opening pre-season match against the Hurricanes, but recovered quickly enough to feature in the team’s competition opener three weeks later.

Carter is currently on leave, but Dr Page said his injury would be reviewed after being given some time to “settle down”.

He will then undergo further assessment from the Crusaders medical team when he rejoins the side at the end of next week.

Dr Page said the Crusaders would be briefing the All Black medical team along every step of Carter’s rehabilitation path.

The Crusaders, who lead the competition after recording their seventh straight win on Friday night, have the bye during next week’s round.

The team has been given some time off, with the side not scheduled to reconvene for training until Wednesday.

For this reason, there will be no further comment from the Crusaders on the Carter injury situation until the team reassembles at this time.


  • Not good News, but the UP TO are in capitals for a reason.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.03.08 08:41:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Ellis was originally expected to be sidelined for six weeks after suffering his injury during the Crusaders opening pre-season match against the Hurricanes, but recovered quickly enough to feature in the team’s competition opener three weeks later.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.03.08 08:43:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Their next four weeks are

    if he is only out for 3 weeks then they could quite easily remain unbeaten until they meet the Blues.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.03.08 08:44:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Bad luck for Carter, but that’s the nature of the game. Saders should be fine still, well drilled team.

    ‘Up to’ – two words marketers love.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.03.08 11:46:03 by racheltjiedebeer - not a girl Reply
  • Racheltjie

    Not a girl 😆

    The problem they have is that their 2nd choice 10 is also out. (Stephen Brett)

    But with the wealth of 10’s that the Saders have produced over the years, I expect there will be some new kid on the block waiting in the wings to surprise us all.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.03.08 12:21:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Brett injury update
    Sunday, 16 March 2008

    Crusaders second-five-eighths Stephen Brett is likely to be out of action for a minimum of six weeks after sustaining a shoulder injury during last night’s 55-7 win over the Cheetahs.

    The 22-year-old left the field after suffering a strain to the AC joint in his shoulder.

    While an x-ray later revealed less damage than had originally been feared, Crusaders doctor Tony Page was cautious in his assessment as to how long the setback would keep the player sidelined.

    “It will be at least four weeks before he is able to resume contact training,” Page says.

    “Once he gets to that point, it will then be a case of gauging his progress in terms of how quickly he can resume playing.”

    A return after six weeks would have Brett back in time to face the Blues on Anzac Day at AMI Stadium.

    If that match comes too soon, a return a week later would put him in the frame to play against the Sharks when they visit Christchurch for round 12.

    In Brett’s absence the Crusaders have a number of potential midfield options, with Tim Bateman and Hamish Gard both well versed in the second-five-eighths position, while fullback Leon MacDonald also spent time in the spot during the pre-season preparation.

    Winger Kade Poki is expected to be available for Friday night’s visit of the NSW Waratahs. The 20-year-old has made pleasing progress on the comeback trail from the hamstring injury he sustained in the warm ups prior to the Crusaders match against the Stormers.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.08 07:45:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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