Super Rugby
Injury strikes McCaw again
ESPNscrum Staff
June 5, 2011
Crusaders skipper Richie McCaw, Chiefs v Crusaders, Super Rugby, Baypark Stadium, Tauranga, New Zealand, April 15, 2011
Richie McCaw will sit out the Crusaders' clash with the Blues © Getty Images

The Crusaders will be without skipper Richie McCaw for next weekend's vital Super Rugby clash with the Blues due to injury.

The openside, who had a screw inserted into a broken metatarsal earlier this year, went for scans following the Crusaders' loss to the Reds last weekend, where it was found that the screw had caused irritation.

The Crusaders are currently two points behind the Blues in the New Zealand conference, with coach Todd Blackadder now set to recall Matt Todd to the No.7 jersey and hand the captaincy to No.8 Kieran Read.

''Richie's probably going to be out for the next two to three weeks,'' Blackadder told The Press. ''His foot just feels a little bit uncomfortable and he had a scan on it last week - it just showed the bone is healing nicely but it is still not 100%. While it is not getting any worse, it just needs to heal properly.

''It definitely has not broken again; there is just a bit of irritation around where the screw is on the bone."

Blues flanker Jerome Kaino expects the Crusaders to come out firing after a bye last weekend, particularly given that his side have slipped to three successive defeats.

"They've had the week off so they'll be licking their lips," Kaino said. "It doesn't get any easier but we'll regroup on Monday and we're looking forward to the challenge."

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