Carter says calf injury not serious

Racing 92 first-five Dan Carter lines up a conversion against Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup semifinal. Photo / Getty Images
Racing 92 first-five Dan Carter lines up a conversion against Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup semifinal. Photo / Getty Images

All Blacks superstar Dan Carter insists his calf injury is nothing serious and it will not sideline him from this month's European Cup final.

The 34-year-old was hurt when his French club Racing 92 defeated Leicester in the semi-finals last weekend and he was forced to sit out Sunday's Top 14 match with Clermont.

But he said he will be fit for the European final against Saracens in Lyon on May 14.

"I injured my calf in the semi-final," Carter told Canal+ television at half-time of Sunday's league game.

"It's nothing serious. I hope to be able to train next week."

World Cup winner Carter, capped 112 times by the All Blacks, sparked a degree of alarm amongst fans when he was pictured on social media using a crutch.

But on Sunday, he was walking around the Yves-du-Manoir stadium without difficulty.

Carter also got a fitness vote of confidence from Racing coach Laurent Labit.

"I am not worried at all," said Labit after his team's 26-20 win over Top 14 leaders Clermont.

"Dan hurt the calf in the week before the semi-final. We looked after it. He felt it again in the warm-up of the semi-final and during the game but it didn't prevent him from playing 80 minutes."

- AFP

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