Updated: Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:17 | By Agence France-Presse

All Black Carter to miss start of Championship

All Black superstar Dan Carter will be sidelined for at least half of New Zealand's Rugby Championship campaign after cracking a calf bone in last weekend's Super 15 final, officials said Tuesday.

All Black Carter to miss start of Championship

Dan Carter prepares to kick a penalty during the Super 15 semi-final in Christchurch on July 26, 2014 - by Fiona Goodall

Carter left the field during the Canterbury Crusaders 32-33 loss to the NSW Waratahs in Sydney after an injury to his lower leg, which the club said was a hairline crack to the bone which would need at least four weeks to heal.

"A scan has revealed a small crack in his upper fibula. The size of the crack meant it was not originally picked up by an X-ray and required a scan to locate it," the Crusaders said.

"The injury just requires rest to heal and it is hoped that his recovery will take approximately four weeks."

The 100-Test fly-half will definitely miss New Zealand's opening two Championship fixtures against Australia, where the Bledisloe Cup will be on the line, as well as a Test against Argentina in Napier on September 6.

If his recuperation takes longer than expected, he could also miss a clash against the Springboks in Wellington a week later.

The 32-year-old had been coming back from an extended break that began at the end of last year and saw him sit out most of the Super 15 season.

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