Carter undergoes groin surgery
All Blacks stand-off expected to return in 12 weeks
Last Updated: 14/10/11 6:17pm
Dan Carter: set for three months out after operation
New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has undergone surgery on the groin injury that ended his World Cup campaign.
The All Blacks fly-half tore a tendon in his groin during New Zealand's final practice session before tackling Pool A opponents Canada.
He had an operation in Melbourne on Monday, and flew back to Auckland two days later, the New Zealand Rugby Union have confirmed.
Carter says the surgery to repair the tendon "went well" and he will now be concentrating on his rehabilitation.
The graduated rehabilitation programme will involve re-establishing normal walking with strengthening exercises, with a view to progressing on to running and kicking over an eight-week period.
He hopes to be fully recovered after about 12 weeks.