Carter crocked

The Crusaders’ aspirations of a seventh Super Rugby title took a knock when they learned Dan Carter will be out for at least six weeks.

Carter injured his ankle in the narrow 20-13 victory over the Hurricanes on Friday. X-Rays have confirmed there is no break, but there has been sufficient damage to sideline the flyhalf for a substantial period.

“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 said.

“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.”

The Crusaders are already without Stephen Brett who injured his shoulder in the win over the Cheetahs. Coach Robbie Deans may look to move Leon MacDonald into the flyhalf position.