Carter discusses injury struggle

Date published: May 15 2016

Racing 92 star Dan Carter has admitted that his participation in Saturday's Champions Cup final had been touch and go in the build-up.

Carter was forced off after 42 minutes as he failed to shrug off a calf injury.

Without him on the field, along with Maxime Machenaud and Alexandre Dumoulin, Racing were outsmarted by Saracens as the Parisian outfit suffered a loss in their first European final.

Carter now hopes that he will be fully fit to help Racing secure a spot in the play-offs ahead of the end of the domestic season in the Top 14.

"I hadn't trained with the team a lot in the past three weeks," said Carter.

"I was able to run freely in the warm-up. It was just before half-time that it really started to tighten up. I made the sensible option I was of no help to the team at that stage, hence I decided to come off.

"We left it until the last minute, just do the warm-up and then see how it went, it wasn't getting any worse during the warm-up and that gave me confidence to get out there and throughout the first 30 minutes it wasn't getting any worse.

"I don't think it's anything serious, a couple of weeks. I'll sit down on Monday with the medical team and make a plan, and do the appropriate tests to see what it is.

"It was a big game and you want to give yourself every opportunity to play… to play in a final means a lot, for myself and this team.

"I was confident I could play and that's why I started but it unfortunately didn't last as long as I would have liked."

Focusing on the game itself, Carter made clear that Saracens were worthy winners and praised his opposite man Owen Farrell for his success strategically.

"Saracens put us under a lot of pressure and we weren't able to get our game going," Carter added.

"They took away our time and space, not helped by the greasy conditions. We had high hopes going into the game, the team has been playing well in the competition, but we met our match in Saracens tonight, they really outplayed us.

"We thought that if we could stay close to them on the scoresheet we could give ourselves a chance, but when Owen got those penalties at the end, we realised the game was slipping away from us.

"[Farrell] played well. Saracens have had a tough four years in the European Cup and after getting so close over three, four years, they deserve it tonight and he led the way for them.

"Strategically, Farrell put them at the right end of the field and kicked those goals which plays an important part of finals footy."