Cane sustained the injury during the Rugby Championship clash in Pretoria and was fortunate to avoid paralysis.
But the 26-year-old is already targeting a return to action and hopes he could be back in a Chiefs jersey by the end of the next campaign.
“When I look back and see the scans and realise how lucky I am, I’m just happy I’m going to make a recovery and I’ll be back playing,” Cane told The Country radio show.
“There was never really a moment where I was really scared because at the same time that I found out I’d fractured my neck, everything was also alright.
“I could feel my toes, my hands, so there was no stress there. I was already in their care, so it wasn’t going backwards from there.”
— Sam Cane (@SamCane7) October 10, 2018
Elaborating on his recovery, Cane added: “I’ve got this neck brace on for three months and I hit the halfway point on Monday this week, so another six weeks to go in it.
“Pretty immobile at the moment, parked up at home not able to drive. I’m a stay-at-home dad without the kids, doing jobs around the house and a bit of Netflix. It’s a bit boring.
“All going well. I’ll probably get the last four to five games of Super Rugby in. We’re a little bit sceptical to put a date on it at the moment because I’ve only seen a specialist once and it all just depends on how it heals.
“[It’s] a lot to do with the bone fusing with the two vertebrae together. It could be longer so I just don’t want to say it’s a date and then keep pushing it out. We’ll just see how it goes. I’m just happy that I’ll be back playing.”
Cane has been the All Blacks’ first-choice number seven since the retirement of Richie McCaw in 2015 and has amassed 60 Test caps.
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