Surgery setback for Slade
October 31, 2011
Colin Slade was laid low by injury during New Zealand's Rugby World Cup campaign © Getty Images
Colin Slade has been battling an infection for the past week as he continues his recovery from the groin problem which cut short his Rugby World Cup campaign.
The All Blacks fly-half suffered an adverse reaction to an injection which he had taken to help determine the severity of his injury and was forced to undergo surgery as a consequence.
The unforeseen complication has resulted in the scheduled operation on Slade's groin being put back for at least a fortnight, thus putting his availaibility for the start of the new Super Rugby season in jeopardy.
However, Slade remains hopeful that he will be fit for the Highlanders' opener against the Chiefs in Waikato on February 25. "Hopefully I can get the operation done and move on and look forward to next year," he is quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald.
Slade took over as New Zealand's first-choice No.10 following an injury to Dan Carter during the pool stages of the World Cup but then saw his own tournament ended by an adductor muscle tear just 33 minutes into the quarter-final win over Argentina at the turn of the month.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"We know where we are going and we know where we want to get but how long that will take is anybody's guess." David Humphreys on his plans for Gloucester
Jim Mallinder and Justin Burnell were sat on the same top table, but in different circumstances. Tom Hamilton reports on the Aviva Premiership season launch
Tom Hamilton reports back from the launch of the Guinness PRO12 where there is a renewed sense of optimism with all of the off-field changes to the league
So much for the great Australian revival, writes Greg Growden. It now has the potential of going off the rails after the capitulation at Eden Park