The Hurricanes have announced that fly-half Beauden Barrett will miss four weeks of the Super Rugby competition due to a knee injury.
Barrett’s scans revealed a grade two tear of his medial collateral ligament (MCL) which he suffered during the Hurricanes’ match against the Crusaders on Saturday.
“Obviously I’m gutted with the injury, but fortunately it’s not season ending for me,” said Barrett.
“I’ve been pretty lucky to have a good run without injury for a while, but it’s now up to me to work hard on my rehab and make sure I’m ready to return at the business end of the season.”
Should all go well with his rehabilitation, the Hurricanes are hopeful Barrett will be available for selection when the Hurricanes face the Crusaders in Nelson on May 29.
Hurricanes management have called back Manawatu's Otere Black from New Zealand U20 duty, and he will remain with the Wellington-based outfit for the next three weeks as Barrett's replacement.