The chances of Dan Carter appearing for the Blues this season are rapidly diminishing, New Zealand media say.
Carter’s attempts to recover from a calf strain seem to be complicated again. The former All Blacks player was due to debut two weeks ago, but due to a contraction in that area in training on the Thursday before that game, they decided not to risk it.
Carter has since missed the duel against the Chiefs at Eden Park, but was hoping to bounce back in time to make his Blues debut against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Sunday.
However, the 38-year-old did not participate in the last training and may not appear for the Blues now this season.
Carter posted a motivating message on Instagram saying: “In my experience, failures are where you learn the most in life. Failures are not losses if you are taking a lesson. Fail, learn and keep pushing.”
The Blues have two games left in Super Rugby Aotearoa: their visit to Dunedin is followed by the week off and the Crusaders at Eden Park in the final round.
Even if Carter bounces back in time for the final round game against his former team, it seems unlikely that Blues coach Leon MacDonald would prefer him on the bench to Black.
While Carter sparked hope for his Blues debut when he made a rugby club appearance for Southbridge against West Melton on July 4, MacDonald has always maintained that he has been signed as a replacement injury coverage and for his ability. mentoring.
“We have to remember Dan’s purpose,” MacDonald told the Herald recently. “He is here to provide coverage in case of injury and at the moment we are quite happy with both.”
With Barrett set to leave for his gap year in Japan next season, the question will soon be focused on whether Carter will return to the Blues in 2021.