Hurricanes full-back Nehe Milner-Skudder has been ruled out of rugby for at least six weeks with a fractured foot.
The 26-year-old suffered the freak injury during the second half of his team’s Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.
Scans subsequently revealed a small fracture in his right foot that will require a period of rest, but will not require surgery.
The All Black, who missed most of the 2016 season with a shoulder injury, is positive about making a speedy recovery.
“It’s disappointing, but these things happen in rugby,” said Milner-Skudder.
“All I can do is focus on the rehab and making sure I do everything right to get back on the field. The encouraging thing is the medical staff don’t believe there will be any long term issues. It was just a freak accident.”
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said it was impossible to give an exact time frame as to when Milner-Skudder would be back on the park.
“That all depends on how quickly he heals, so it’s just speculation at this point, but the sooner the better.”