New Zealand star Cane sidelined with broken neck

New Zealand will miss the services of flanker Sam Cane for the remainder of the after he went off with a neck injury in their victory over South Africa in Pretoria.
Cane was helped off the pitch in the 35th minute and the all blacks confirmed that the flanker suffered a fracture in his vertebrae sidelining him for several months. Cane is expected to undergo surgery in South Africa before heading home.
All Blacks team doctor Tony Page says the injury will take three months before his bone becomes strong again. The doctor has revealed that the player is safe nerve damage.
“We have every confidence he will do well with the operation and like any fracture, it will probably take about three months for the bone to get strong and we’ll take it step by step,” Page told journalists.
“The operation is really just to keep everything in the right place so the bone can heal on its own accord. Many sportsmen have had this injury as have people in other walks of life and they usually make a good recovery.”

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