Super 15: Injured Richie McCaw faces two months of inactivity
Richie McCaw is expected to be out of action for two months after sustaining a broken thumb in Auckland on Friday.
Last Updated: 01/03/14 12:51pm
New Zealand's World Cup-winning skipper was injured during the first half of the Christchurch Crusaders' match against the Blues.
The Crusaders do not know if McCaw will require surgery but it seems certain he will not play a major role in this season's Super 15 campaign.
"He's definitely broken his thumb," said Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder.
"The possibility is he'll be out at least eight weeks but we won't know if it requires surgery until Monday. The likelihood is that (operation) does happen."
McCaw had a forgettable night in Friday's 35-24 loss to the Blues at Eden Park, missing tackles and being taken off at halftime.
The 33-year-old missed most of last year's Super Rugby season while taking a six-month sabbatical before he came back to help the Crusaders make the semi-finals of the southern hemisphere tournament.
Only last month McCaw said he may end his competitive career following the 2015 World Cup in England.