Carter comeback delayed

Date published: September 9 2014

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Dan Carter looks set to miss the rest of the Rugby Championship as he recovers from a broken leg suffered last month.

Dan Carter looks set to miss the rest of the Rugby Championship as he recovers from a broken leg suffered last month.

The all-time leading points scorer in international rugby was initially ruled out for the first two games of the Rugby Championship, but his return to fitness has taken longer than planned.

And the All Black coaches want their star fly-half to have some game time under his belt in the ITM Cup before bringing him back, making a return for the November Tour a more likely outcome.

“I doubt we'll see him in the Rugby Championship,” said assistant coach Ian Foster.

“He's on track, but we'll see how we go over the next week or two. He'll certainly be coming back to play some rugby soon, at some point.

“But it's a matter of how we integrate him though, whether it's through ITM Cup or through us.

“We have some decisions to make. He is at the controlled running stage and we have just introduced some contact. He has been tackled a bit. So he's ticking the boxes.

“We're still probably a week away from having to make that decision yet.

“We would love him to have a game before he comes and plays for us so we will just see what evolves there.

“We have another week before we make that assessment and we will make our minds up at that point.”

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