McCaw targets April return

World Cup-winning skipper running again after foot surgery

Last Updated: 14/02/12 8:36am

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Richie McCaw: Hopes to return to action in April

Richie McCaw: Hopes to return to action in April

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Richie McCaw has said he does not expect to make a return to Super Rugby until at least April after undergoing foot surgery.

The All Blacks captain battled the injury during last autumn's successful World Cup campaign, when a screw that had been inserted in his right foot to fix a fracture before last year's Super Rugby competition instead only served to aggravate him.

McCaw subsequently had the screw removed but told reporters in Auckland on Tuesday that he doubted he would play for the Canterbury Crusaders again before April.

"The foot is really good. I've just started back running," the 31-year-old said at the New Zealand launch of the Super Rugby competition.

"I'll progress over the next few weeks to hopefully get back out on the field soon, but hopefully it's all behind me.

"By March, I should be pretty close to knowing when I'll be back, but I'd say some time in April.

"But I don't want to put too tight a time frame on it."

The Crusaders head to South Africa for two matches against the Lions in Johannesburg on March 31 and Bulls in Pretoria on April 7, before they host the Stormers on April 14.

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