New Zealand international Damian McKenzie set to miss World Cup with injury

Steve Hansen will have to deal with another injury setback
Steve Hansen will have to deal with another injury setback

Chiefs fullback Damian Mckenzie is set to miss the World Cup in Japan later this year after he ruptured his ACL during the recently concluded Super Rugby clash against Chiefs that was played at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday.

Mckenzie sustained the blow during the start of the second half following which he was replaced by Ataata Moeakiola and now will need 'eight to nine months' of rehabilitation according to All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen.

“He’s done an ACL and looks to be out for eight to nine months which is a real shame for him,” said Hansen.

“His World Cup opportunity’s gone but he’s still young enough to make probably the next two.

"It’s just important he gets his knee right and takes the time to be able to come back and achieve the dreams that he wants to achieve.

“It’s sad for him obviously. It creates another opportunity for someone else. We’ve got to expect injuries and there will be more than just him I’d say.”

McKenzie has played 23 Tests for New Zealand since his debut in 2016 and has already scored 12 tries. He was recently part of the All Blacks squad that competed in the European tour in November last year.

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