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Carter's early exit from training no issue for AllBlacks

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James Mortimer     26 Sep 2012     Getty Images

Carter has missed the last two tests for the All Blacks in The Investec Rugby Championship with a calf injury, resulting in Chiefs playmaker Aaron Cruden starting the last two tests in Wellington and Dunedin.

However Carter, who All Blacks coach Steve Hansen insinuated was an individual that needed to be carefully monitored, has recovered from his injury and will likely play in La Plata as the World Champions look to add the inaugural trophy for The Investec Rugby Championship to an already healthy cabinet.

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In the ultimate test, Carter was seen kicking goals without concern, which led to coach Steve Hansen saying he expected his star number ten to play.

"He came through the session pretty good," Hansen said.

An early cut from training for Carter was nothing to worry about, with the move ordained by the All Blacks medical team, and indication Carter was fit to play was given when the Crusaders wizard was clearly unhappy at being culled from the session.

"We pulled him out after 45 minutes," Hansen said.

"He wasn't overly happy about that. He wanted to do a bit more so that is a good sign."

Despite concern that Carter would miss the La Plata test, leading to the addition of a third first five-eighth in Beauden Barrett, Hansen said there was no indication during training that the veteran would miss this weekend's international.

"He did everything at pace, he was fine, he didn't feel it (the injured calf)," Hansen said.

"I'm pretty confident, probably about 97 per cent. He's got through two training sessions. He didn't do everything and we wouldn't expect him to."