McCaw's surgery 'a success'
November 24, 2011
McCaw created history when he led his side to 2011 World Cup glory © Getty Images
New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw's surgery on his injured foot has been confirmed as a success.
McCaw played through the pain barrier in the latter stages of the tournament with the foot injury but now looks set to miss the start of the 2012 Super Rugby season as a result. The 30-year-old underwent surgery on Thursday to remove a screw that had been inserted into his right foot prior to the 2011 Super Rugby campaign.
The All Blacks skipper now faces 10-12 weeks on the sidelines before he can start running again and faces a race against time to be fit in time for the Crusaders opening match away at the Blues on February 24.
All Blacks doctor Deb Robinson said: "Richie's surgery went very well - the screw was removed and he also received a bone graft. In addition he had an X-ray prior to surgery which showed the bone had started to heal to some extent in the four weeks since the end of the World Cup, which is good news."
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