Carter out for up to six weeks with ankle sprain


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New Zealand test and Crusaders No.10 Daniel Carter underwent x-ray scans on Saturday which showed no serious injury to his ankle following the Crusaders’ 20-13 win over the Hurricanes in their Super 14 clash on Friday.

Carter was helped from the the field during the second half of the match with what looked to be a serious ankle problem.

X-rays ruled out a fracture but Carter will undergo further tests early next week to determine the nature and the extent of the injury.

“He had x-rays after the game last night and was cleared of any structural damage to his ankle but he will be getting an MRI scan done and we’ll know what the diagnosis is sometime in the next 24 hours,” a Crusaders spokesman told AP.

While Carter was cleared of any structural damage the injury has been diagnosed as a “high ankle sprain” and could rule him out for up to six weeks – or longer.

“He will be unable to bear weight on the ankle during the initial stages of his recovery,” Crusaders doctor Tony Page told the NZ Herald.

“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.

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 in three weeks.

“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.”, Page added.

The Crusaders lead the Super 14 and are unbeaten after seven rounds this season. They also have the bye next weekend.

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