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Coach Steve Hansen indicated that Carter’s calf wasn’t completely healed, and the All Blacks coaching team had decided that it would be better to give the 30-year-old time off to ensure that a potentially troublesome complaint would not become worse.
“The type of treatment we think he (Carter) needs this takes the pressure right off and gives the calf a good opportunity to come right,” Hansen said.
“We can take him off his legs, so he's not trying to do two things, he's just trying to get it better, rather than trying to get it better to play.”
Hansen confirmed that Carter would remain with the squad in the build-up to the test in Dunedin, while further indicating he expected the senior All Blacks number ten to play a role in test matches in Argentina and South Africa in the coming weeks.
The All Blacks coach indicated that the call had been made early to ensure clarity for the team, with Chiefs first five-eighth a late call up to replace Carter in the starting team after he was ruled out late in the week.
Hansen said they would be careful with the management of Carter.
“That's (the precaution of ruling out Carter) just standard for an older player,” Hansen said.
“He has to be smart, we have to be smart in the way we deal with him.”
“At the moment it's about getting him on the park now. It's as much about that as the long term. But he's what we call a red flag athlete. He's at high risk of getting an injury and we have to smart about the wear and tear on his body.”