All Blacks lock Brodie Retolik set to miss three weeks of Super rugby captains, how he recovers from torn ligaments in his wrist.
Chiefs coach Colin Cooper confirmed the absence of the veteran on Tuesday, on the eve of a trip wire in Dunedin to face the Highlanders this weekend.
Retallick was injured in the victory over the Blues chiefs April 13.
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"Probably another three weeks, so we're looking at probably red, Brody," Cooper said. Chiefs play red in Hamilton on May 24.
Retallick not only the All Blacks forward now to the second plan, as the Crusaders Propyl Owen Franks out of action with a small muscle rupture in his right shoulder, and Liam Squire still play in this season with a medial ligament tear.
Retallick injury with & # 39 is another obstacle for the Chiefs, who were All Blacks defender Damian McKenzie was out of action until the end of the season – and the Rugby World Cup – after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament.
Cooper said Flanker Sam Cane was also a likely candidate to make his first start of the season against the Reds on May 24, when he continues to recover from a long-term neck injury.