The New Zealand, Crusaders and Perpignan superstar Daniel Carter might be sidelined for up to six months following a partial rapture to his Achilles tendon on Saturday.
The 26-year-old was injured in the final moments of Perpignan’s 13-13 Top 14 draw with Stade Français on Saturday in front of 79,122 at the Stade de France.
The All Black had kicked his team level with a penalty two minutes from time after they had trailed 13-3 with just eight minutes remaining.
Carter’s appearance against the Parisians marked his return from three weeks on the sidelines with a strain to the same Achilles tendon.
The French club signed Carter on a lucrative six-month deal but he has played just five times since arriving in December after being part of New Zealand’s victorious ‘Grand Slam’ romp across Europe in November.
Details on the extend of the injury to his left ankle have yet to be confirmed, but club spokesman Benoît Brazè admitted that Carter has pulled on Perpignan’s famous blood and gold jersey for the last time.
“He has suffered a partial tear to his Achilles tendon – an injury that could keep him out of action for up to six months,” he said.
“Carter’s run with Perpignan is now over.
“It’s a big disappointment for him and also for the club.
“He has our support and the best possible medical help at his disposal.
“Our doctors and those of the All Blacks will now be put in contact to decide whether he will be operated on in France or elsewhere.
“At the moment he is in plaster and resting up at home.”
Carter’s deal with Perpignan is worth 700,000 (£615,000), which would have worked out to around £35,000 a match had he stayed fit until the end of the season.
But he now departs the scene after scoring just 45 points in 361 minutes of rugby.