Dan Carter will miss the next two All Blacks home tests as he continues to recover from a minor leg fracture.
Only a few days after injuring himself in the Super Rugby final loss to the Waratahs, Carter spoke positively about his prognosis and walked gingerly without crutches.
Originally thought to be sidelined for around four weeks, the world-class playmaker revealed yesterday he is still ''another month or so'' away from returning to action and will, therefore sit out fixtures against Argentina in Napier and the Springboks in Wellington over the next three weeks.
Carter has remained with the squad, and the 32 year old is understood to be eyeing a return in the test against the Pumas in La Plata on September 27 during the away leg of the Rugby Championship.
Aaron Cruden has taken over the reins in Carter's absence while the All Blacks can also call on Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade.
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