Ranger injury blow
June 13, 2011
Ranger has been one of the stand out All Blacks this season © Getty Images
Blues star winger Rene Ranger looks set to miss the rest of the Blues' Super Rugby season after suffering a hamstring tear during Saturday's clash with rivals the Crusaders.
The Blues wing has been in fantastic form this season and was firmly knocking on the door of the All Blacks' selectors, though he will find solace in the four week prognosis for recovery from a grade two tear. The four week spell means he should return in time to stake his claim for a place in the All Blacks squad for the Tri-Nations.
Ranger was in his usual try scoring form against the Crusaders scoring the opening try but he was forced from the field after 29 minutes. However, he could return for the final of the Super 15, if the Blues make it that far, although his injury will do little to lighten coach Pat Lam's mood as the casualty list lengthens.
"If you take out the third hooker and the third prop, we've only got 22 fit guys in our squad," said Lam.
"Obviously there's Sherwin (Stowers) and Lachie (Munro) that can cover the wing and Winston Stanley is in the squad too but we're right down to the bare numbers," he said.
The list of those currently injured includes All Blacks' Tony Woodcock and Isaia Toeava along with fellow Blues' Filo Paulo, Liaki Moli, Daniel Braid, Brad Mika and Kurtis Haiu.
Braid will continue his return to full fitness lining up for his club side University this weekend while Woodcock is likely to miss the rest of the season with his foot injury.
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