New Zealand have released a positive update on flanker, Sam Cane after he fractured vertebra in his neck in their 32-30 win over South Africa in the Rugby Championship.
Team doctor, Tony Page expects him to make a full recovery as he did not suffer any nerve damage.
Page said the 26-year-old would be sidelined for “several months”, ruling him out of the All Blacks’ end-of-season tour, which includes Tests against Australia, Japan, England, Ireland and Italy.
He said Cane had surgery to stabilise the injury and would remain in Pretoria this week.
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“It’ll probably take about three months for the bone to get strong, we’ll just take it step by step,” he told reporters.
“The operation is just to keep everything in the right place so the bone can heal of its own accord.”
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said he expected the World Cup winning loose forward, who has played 60 Tests, to return to top-level rugby.
“It’s expected he’s going to make a full recovery and be back playing,” he said.
© Agence France-Presse (Additional edits by Marisa Kennedy)