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Read has been in the wars this season, and his latest injury comes after he took a heavy hit to the ribs, and he almost passed all of the tests early this week.
The influential eightman should not be out of action for the Super Rugby Finals Series, assuming the Crusaders qualify, as there was a minor fear that there could have been some broken or fractured ribs.
Read was a key figure in the Crusaders win over the Chiefs.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said that Read had been sore throughout the week, and while the medical tests were largely positive, it is likely that the number eight will need to pass a fitness test before what could be a physical Super Rugby Qualifier.
On current table position, and assuming Round 18 results go the way of the favourites, then AMI Stadium will likely welcome the Bulls or Sharks in a fortnight’s time.
While Crusaders captain Richie McCaw covered for Read’s absence earlier in the season, Blackadder appears to have changed his tact, with it now unlikely that the preferred openside will remain at seven.
There is an indication that Luke Whitelock could start, meaning that the big forward could start alongside his three brothers.
Irrespective of the final makeup of the Crusaders loose forward trio, they will not come up against marquee Force flanker David Pocock, who did not make the trip to New Zealand.