3 Feb 2009

No rush to decide Carter's treatment

12:38 pm on 3 February 2009

Any decisions on Dan Carter's immediate future are unlikely to be made for a while.

Carter could be out of action for six months and is likely to miss the Tri-Nations series after receiving an achilles tendon injury while playing for his French club Perpignan.

The All Black's manager Darren Shand says their doctor Deb Robinson has been in touch with Perpignan about the injury and they are waiting on further scans.

Shand says no decisions have been made but it is possible that Carter will be treated in France and may remain there for some time.

He says they'll wait for further information before deciding where the operation will take place.

Shand says the decision to allow valuable players to play off shore is likely to be discussed following Carter's injury.