All Blacks legend Dan Carter has given his followers on Instagram an update on his health after having surgery on his neck.
The fly-half was due to return to French giants Racing 92 in February as a medical joker from Japanese outfit Kobelco Steelers, but failed his own medical. Carter was due to cover for the recently retired Pat Lambie, but a neck problem prevented him from the Parisian side.
He has now had the surgery on his neck, and sent this message out on social media in a neck brace on a hospital bed:
While this injury has quashed his chances of returning to European rugby, it does not necessarily end his rugby career. The two-time World Cup winner is still likely to return to his side in Japan, where he will be hoping to win another Top League title with the Steelers.
The 37-year-old obviously will know that the sun is setting on his glittering rugby career, but he called this “another challenge to conquer”, as he surely aims to be back on a rugby field as soon as possible.
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