New Zealand and Crusaders star Israel Dagg has been ruled out for the remainder of the season following news that he has aggravated his recently-recovered knee.
The news comes as All Blacks boss Steve Hansen reshuffles his squad ahead of the Rugby Championship clash with Argentina and with a growing list of top names on his injury list, the addition of Dagg is just another headache to contend with.
According to Stuff, Dagg aggravated his knee when the two nations last met on September 9 and it was no surprise to Hansen that the explosive back has been forced to sit out in order to let his knee recover.
UPDATE: @izzy_dagg will rest and rehab his knee for the rest of the year and return to rugby in 2017. No need for surgery.
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) September 22, 2017
Having had surgery on his right knee back in March, the 66-times capped star managed to return to the international fold against the British and Irish Lions.
However, during the course of the Rugby Championship series, the 29-year-old has featured sparingly and hobbled off during the Pumas clash earlier this month.
At the time Hansen was less than optimistic about Dagg’s prognosis.
“It doesn’t look great at this stage.
“It looks like he’s going to need some time away from the game. But until I get all the information it will be pointless me trying to tell you how long and what the problem is. Once we get that we’ll let you know.”
Looking at the positives, it appears that the Cursaders star does not require surgery at this time and it is hoped that some time away to rest and allow his knee recuperate will allow him return in full health in the new year.