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Aaron Cruden sidelined with ACL injury
ESPN Staff
April 20, 2015
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Aaron Cruden has been dealt a cruel blow only months from the Rugby World Cup rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Cruden is expected to have a traditional reconstruction in the coming weeks and will be sidelined for up to six months which is likely to see him sit out the Rugby World Cup in September.

The 26-year-old left the field early during Friday night's win against the Crusaders and underwent scans on Monday and is expected to see his surgeon on Wednesday.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said it was a terrible blow for Cruden, the Chiefs and the All Blacks but New Zealand rugby will be supporting the playmaker throughout the rehabilitation process.

"It's obviously hugely disappointing for Crudes and we will be supporting him as he goes through this tough time and we wish him all the best with his surgery and rehab over the next few months," Hansen said. "He has developed in a very good Test All Black and is a key member of our team. He will be a loss for the Chiefs and the All Blacks.

"As we know in the game of rugby, there are always going to be injuries and as selectors we plan for these unfortunate events and are constantly looking to build depth in all positions across the team."

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