Carter to miss Euro Cup clash

An Achilles tendon injury has ruled Dan Carter out of Perpignan’s European Cup fixture against the Ospreys on Saturday.

Carter sustained the injury in his side’s 40-14 victory over Bourgoin on Saturday and will be out for a week. An MRI scan on Monday “showed no tear of the tendon but a slight inflammation localised in the high to middle part of the tendon which necessitates above all rest and adapted treatment. There is nothing serious,” said Perpignan doctor Carlos Vela.

Carter said after the game: “The pain was getting worse after about half an hour of the match and as a precaution I came off at half-time. It was frustrating because I really wanted to play and the team had a really good match.”

Perpignan coach Jacques Brunel dismissed the notion that his side’s chances of victory were significantly dented with news of Carter’s enforced break.

“Of course Carter is important but any player can be injured,” Brunel added. “The quality of our team must not depend on one player.”