Knee injury sidelines New Zealand wing Waisake Naholo

Waisake Naholo will need up to six weeks of rehabilitation period
Waisake Naholo will need up to six weeks of rehabilitation period
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New Zealand wing Waisake Naholo is set to be on the sidelines for up to six weeks following a knee injury that he sustained during training with his club Highlanders.

A statement released by the Highlanders confirmed that the 27-year-old underwent a scan on Tuesday that revealed “a grade two MCL injury”.

“Waisake Naholo sustained a knee injury at training yesterday [Monday]. He has undergone an MRI scan, revealing a grade two MCL (medial collateral ligament) injury,” said the statement released by the club.

“He is currently in a knee brace and will be unavailable for up to six weeks while he is rehabilitating.”

Highlanders are already missing the services of scrum-half Aaron Smith as he suffered an ankle injury and Naholo's setback has put them in a spot of bother as they seek revival in the ongoing season of the Super Rugby that saw them just two out of the six games.

Naholo has featured in 26 Tests for the All Blacks since his debut in 2015 and was part of the World Cup winning All Blacks side in the previous edition. He has already amassed 16 tries for New Zealand and recently was part of the November series last year.

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