Read recovering slowly but surely

20th May 2014, 07:02

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Progress: McCaw and Read

Progress: McCaw and Read

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and assistant coach Ian Foster have both revealed that Kieran Read is close to returning to action.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and assistant coach Ian Foster have both revealed that Kieran Read is close to returning to action.

The Crusaders number eight suffered a concussion against the Chiefs over a month ago, but has not been rushed back.

There is a possibility that he could return against the Highlanders this weekend, with McCaw stating that his condition had significantly improved, although he is yet to get back into full training.

"He's a lot better, there's no doubt about that," McCaw told Stuff.

"There's a bit of anxiety that goes with it when you have had a knock like that and had a few symptoms.

"I think the best thing is that he's taken things slowly, and whether he plays this week - I guess a decision had to be made.

"I know that I have been through that [a concussion] before, and when you feel right all those anxieties drop away, and it looks like he is almost at that point."

"He's been a little bit more active and I know our doctor has been working hard with the medicos at the Crusaders, and the last two days have been about adding a little bit more work to him to see how he responds," Foster told Stuff.

"It looked like he came through pretty well yesterday, and I think he will go back and get reassessed by the franchise."