Cruden escapes knee surgery
October 29, 2011
Aaron Cruden has been given an eight-week recovery prognosis © Getty Images
All Blacks fly-half Aaron Cruden should be fit to start the new Super Rugby season with the Chiefs after it was confirmed that he would not require surgery on his injured knee.
The 22-year-old hyper-extended his right knee in the 34th minute of the All Blacks' 8-7 triumph over France in the Rugby World Cup Final at Eden Park last weekend.
Although he could miss much of the Chiefs pre-season preparations, Cruden should have regained full fitness in time for the Chiefs' opening Super Rugby fixture against the Highlanders in Hamilton on February 25.
"Aaron saw a specialist in Auckland today who confirmed that he won't require surgery," All Blacks doctor Deb Robinson said. "He will have to wear a knee brace for the next three to four weeks before he gradually returns to training over the following month, and is expected to make a full recovery."
New Chiefs coach Dave Rennie added: "It will be about eight to nine weeks before he's back to full health, so that's pretty good."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"Cheika's been phenomenal. He gives you an incredible level of mental strength." Tom Hamilton talks to Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter
While the Super Rugby season enters the all-important knockout phase, elsewhere pre-season training never looked so enjoyable. We round-up the best snaps in our Week in Pictures
"Our scrums and lineouts are sometimes not that good but our men are very brave." Ken Borland finds that rugby is on the rise in Senegal
Laurie Fisher talks about the Brumbies and Gloucester, and provides revealing thoughts on the player involvement during the glory days in Canberra