Carter’s return in sight



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Quite differently from the other eight teams in contention for a play off place the Crusaders will be in a relaxed mood this week ahead of their clash with the Reds which will be followed by an all New Zealand clash with the Highlanders.

The Crusaders have already booked a home semi final so they could lose both of their remaining matches against two of the Super 14’s weaker sides and still not be out of the running.

As if things weren’t good enough for the Crusaders it looks like Dan Carter will return to training with the team this week after badly spraining his ankle against the Hurricanes on March 28.

Coach Robbie Deans last night hinted there was a chance Carter could play the Reds on Saturday, despite the lack of time back training with the squad.

Asked if he would be an unlikely starter, Deans told The Press, “Not necessarily. The medical staff have been very positive, but it is early days. It’s a matter of how he copes and gets through the volume of work this week.”

Carter began jogging last week on his own and doing ball drills at Rugby Park but with the Crusaders being in such a strong position it is unlikely that Deans would risk Carter if he was not fully fit.

With his team guaranteed a play-offs spot, Deans has the challenge of ensuring his players do not look too far ahead. “It’s about habits, really, and hopefully that awareness will serve us well.”

He also has the dilemma on whether or not to rest key players and save them for the play offs.

That might mean resting No. 8 Mose Tuiali’i, who has been carrying a back injury, and skipper Richie McCaw, who takes a battering every week.

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