New Zealand fly half Dan Carter will miss at least the first two matches of this season’s Rugby Championship after suffering a cracked calf bone.
Carter sustained the injury during the Crusaders’ defeat to the Waratahs in the Super Rugby final on Saturday.
The highest points scorer in test match history will miss the All Blacks’ first two games of the tournament formally known as the Tri Nations.
He will miss his side’s opener against Australia on 16 August and the reverse fixture a week later.
Carter will then be in a race against the clock to be fit in time to face Argentina on 6 September.
Aaron Cruden is set to deputise in Carter’s absence.