Dan Carter expects a full recovery in about three months after surgery on the groin injury that forced the All Blacks playmaker out of the World Cup, the New Zealand Rugby Union said.
Carter, the record points scorer in elite Tests, will undertake a graduated rehabilitation program after the Oct. 10 surgery to repair his torn left adductor tendon “went well,” the NZRU said.
His recovery “will involve re-establishing normal walking with strengthening exercises, with a view to progressing onto running and kicking over an eight-week period,” the Wellington-based governing body said today in a statement. “He hopes to be fully recovered by about the 12-week mark.”
Carter, 29, was withdrawn from the All Blacks’ squad after injuring his groin during kicking practice on Oct. 1, the day before the team’s final pool game against Canada.
Colin Slade, Carter’s backup, was himself ruled out of the tournament after injuring the same part of his groin during New Zealand’s quarterfinal win over Argentina.
Aaron Cruden, who was called up to the 30-man squad as Carter’s replacement, was today named at fly-half for the semifinal against Australia in two days at Auckland’s Eden Park.