Chiefs dealt huge injury blow

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All Blacks captain and Gallagher Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane has admitted he is disappointed after it was confirmed he could be out of action for six months.

Sam Cane will miss the remainder of the Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa season and undergo surgery after suffering a pectoral injury in the Chiefs win over the Blues last weekend. 

 Scans and specialist examination have revealed a tear in Cane’s right pectoral tendon, and he will undergo surgery next week.  His expected recovery time is four to six months post-surgery, ruling him out of part of the All Blacks season as well.

“I’m obviously disappointed but also really positive that it’s an easy fix,” says Cane. “I’m looking forward to getting into some rehab post-surgery and doing that really well, so I am coming back in good shape for the end of the rugby season, whatever rugby that maybe.

“In the meantime, I will be supporting the Chiefs boys and doing whatever I can to keep them continuing to move in the right direction.”

Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan reiterated that Tauranga Boys’ college alumnus Cane will still play a part in the remainder of the Chiefs season, which recently took an upturn of form with two consecutive wins before the Easter bye week.

“We really feel for Sam and wish him all the best for his upcoming surgery,” says McMillan. “While we know Sam will not take the field again this season, he will still play a massive role in our 2021 campaign.”

Cane also looks likely to miss the All Blacks games with Italy and Fiji later this year.

“We are all disappointed for Sam, but we have full faith in the medical team around him and we wish him well for his surgery and rehabilitation,” says All Blacks head coach Ian Foster.

“As All Blacks Captain, he will still play a key role in our planning for the 2021 season, and we look forward to him returning to the footy field once his rehab is complete.”

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