World Cup winger, Nehe Milner-Skudder could be out for the rest of the season if he requires shoulder reconstruction surgery, according to Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd.
The All Blacks star was forced off during Friday’s 23-21 win over the Blues. Milner-Skudder had already missed the Hurricanes’ Round 2 loss to the Highlanders (which was a repeat of last year’s final) with a knee injury but now could be looking at a long-term layoff.
“We’re hopeful he hasn’t got any structural damage in his shoulder, which might mean it’s only a couple of weeks, right through to it needs a shoulder reconstruction and then he’s out for the season,” Boyd is quoted on TVNZ as saying.
This news will come as a gigantic blow to the Hurricanes’ campaign and New Zealand’s summer matches against Wales. After being such a star at the World Cup, Milner-Skudder was named as World Rugby’s Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2015 after he helped the All Blacks to World Cup victory thanks to his seven tries throughout the tournament.
So far the injury has only been described as a dislocated shoulder. However, Boyd will be crossing his fingers in the hope that the injury won’t be anything more than that, which would only result in weeks out rather than a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Hurricanes will also be concerned about Julian Savea, who exited the same game through injury while captain and World Cup winner Dane Coles is already nursing a calf injury.
Patrick Perry, Pundit Arena
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