New Zealand’s World Cup winning captain Richie McCaw is not expected to be available for the Crusader’s Super Rugby campaign until April. Although the player is running again since he underwent foot surgery, he is not yet fit enough to join his team mates in the campaign.
During last year’s World Cup, McCaw was suffering from immense pain from a screw that was inserted into his foot for the Super Rugby competition that was causing him a lot of aggravation.
As a result, the flank had the screw removed in this latest surgical procedure and told reporters in Auckland on Tuesday at the launch of the Super Rugby competition that he doubted he would be back in action any time before April.
McCaw said “The foot is really good. I’ve just started back running. I’ll progress over the next few weeks to hopefully get back out on the field soon, but hopefully it’s all behind me.” he also insisted that he doesn’t want to put to tight a time frame on his recovery and expected return.
The Crusaders who will be coming to South Africa for two matches against the Lions in Johannesburg on March 31, the Bulls in Pretoria on April 7 and the Stormers on April 14 will also be without flyhalf Dan Carter who suffered from a groin injury.
Source: Super Sport