The Hurricanes have suffered a blow as Nehe Milner-Skudder will miss at least the next six weeks of Super Rugby due to injury.
The Rugby World Cup winning All Black has been sidelined and out of all rugby for at least six weeks with a fractured foot.
The Hurricanes fullback suffered the freak injury during the second half of his team’s Investec Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.
Scans subsequently revealed a small fracture in his right foot that will require a period of rest, but will not need surgery.
“It’s disappointing, but these things happen in rugby,” Milner-Skudder said.
“All I can do is focus on the rehab and making sure I do everything right to get back on the field. The encouraging thing is the medical staff don’t believe there will be any long term issues. It was just a freak accident.”
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said it was impossible to put an exact time frame on when Milner-Skudder would be back on the park.
“That all depends on how quickly he heals, so it’s just speculation at this point, but the sooner the better.”