Injured All Black flyhalf Dan Carter is still on the sidelines and in the recovery process since rupturing his Achilles tendon in late January. Contracted to Perpignan, the 59 test veteran and 2005 player of the year will miss the rest of the French season.
Carter, who signed with Perpignan for $1.7 million for a six-month stint, played only five games before suffering the injury at the end of January.
He has chosen to stay in France though, and is currently undergoing rehabilitation for the injury he picked up when playing against Stade Francais.
Carter is now out of his moonboot, and is on the long and difficult road to recovery, that which is expected to keep him out of the game for six to eight months.
All Blacks team doctor Deb Robinson says that walking and building strength is the first step before he can consider running, let alone thinking about resuming playing rugby.
“There has been a bit of wasting of the calf but his wound has healed and there is no stiffness,” Robinson said.
She says the end of year northern hemisphere tour is the next time he’s likely to be in the All Black jersey, which has now prompted the New Zealand Rugby Union to bend its own rules and fast track England based Luke McAlister back into international rugby.
They have agreed to an exemption of the current selection policy which states a player must be resident in New Zealand, contracted to the NZRU and have played in the competition immediately preceding selection.
It has however been stated that McAlister will have to play for the Barbarians and Junior All Blacks before being considered for Tri Nations selection.
As for Carter, he seems to be enjoying his extended holiday in a beautiful part of France.