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Injury concern for McAlister
ESPNscrum Staff
September 26, 2010
Luke McAlister is smashed by Matt Saunders during the round seven ITM Cup match between Southland and North Harbour, Rugby Park, Invercargill, New Zealand, September 10, 2010
Luke McAlister has been in decent form for North Harbour of late © Getty Images
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Luke McAlister's hopes of being included in New Zealand's end-of-year touring party are in serious jeopardy after the versatile back suffered a suspected broken jaw in action for North Harbour on Sunday.

The 27-year-old centre, who can also play at fly-half, was forced off in his province's 44-30 ITM Cup win over Manawatu in Albany after taking a heavy knock to the head and he was immediately taken to hospital to undergo x-rays to determine whether he had suffered any fractures.

The injury could not come at a worse time for McAlister, who has been hoping that his recent good form would result in a recall to the All Blacks squad for the Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia in Hong Kong on October 30 and the subsequent tour of Great Britain and Ireland.

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