Hurricanes wing,Â Cory Janeâ€™s 2013 rugby seasonÂ appears it may be over before itâ€™s even started.
Jane hurt his rightÂ knee at an open training session at Paraparaumu yesterday.
An MRI scan today has revealed a ruptured ACL (anteriorÂ cruciate ligament) that will require surgery.Â Jane will see an orthopaedic surgeon as soon as possible to determine the next course of action.
Until Jane has seen the surgeon, itâ€™s unknown how long the wing will be out of action, according to the Hurricanes medical team.
The 29 year-old Janeâ€™s used to fightingÂ to come back from adversity. He just made the RWC squad after a lacklustre, injury-hit Super RugbyÂ season in 2011. But he returned to finish the campaign and played well for the All Blacks in the pre RWC tests that followed and blossomed in the tournament.
â€śIt is devastating for Cory to have suffered this serious injury when he was looking so strong for this season following such a successful 2012. We know that CJ isÂ focussed and dedicated to his rehabilitation. So he will be committed to working hard in his recovery to come back better and stronger,â€ť coach Mark Hammett said.
â€śThis is not the news we wanted to hear at the start of the season andÂ we acknowledge the loss of a world-class player. However, we have aÂ strong squad for 2013 and CJâ€™s misfortune means itâ€™s an opportunity for another player to step up.â€ť
Itâ€™s expectedÂ Jane will continue to play a strong leadership role and assist the Hurricanes management in this yearâ€™s competition.
â€śCoryâ€™s energy, experience and public following means he still has a lot to give to the game and the team,â€ť Mark Hammett said.