Carter crocked

Dan Carter’s Achilles tendon injury has ruled him out for the rest of the French season.

Carter has only played five matches and 361 minutes for Perpignan on a lucrative deal. He kicked two penalties and a conversion in his club’s comeback 13-all draw against Stade Francais yesterday, but injured his Achilles in the final minute of the match.

“It is a partial tear of the Achilles tendon which means he will be unavailable for around six months,” said Perpignan spokesman Benoit Brazes.

“It’s a huge disappointment especially for him and for the club.”

Carter suffered a similar injury which ruled him out for three weeks earlier this year and the club will now be in consultation with the All Blacks medical team.

“Now we are going to do our best possible to get him healthy again,” added Brazes. “Our doctor will be in contact with the medical staff of the All Blacks to decide whether or not he will undergo surgery in France.

“At the moment he is in plaster and is at home. He underwent an examination on Sunday morning [in Paris] and returned with us by plane.”

If Carter is out for the full six months as estimated, he will miss the All Blacks’ Tri-Nations opener against the Wallabies, as well as their first match against the Boks on 25 July in Bloemfontein.