Neck injury leaves Nick Crosswell sidelined for Manawatu
A neck injury has forced Manawatu Turbos flanker Nick Crosswell into an indefinite stint on the sidelines.
The 31-year-old fractured a vertebrae in his neck during the dying moments of the side's loss to Bay of Plenty last Friday.
Turbos coach Jeremy Cotter said the injury could range anywhere between four weeks and the season, depending on how the recovery process goes.
He said the injury sounded worst than what is was and that Crosswell was not in too much pain.
At the time, the injury looked quite serious as he lay on the ground in the 79th minute.
Crosswell was the unfortunate victim of a collision at a breakdown.
He was coming to the aid of halfback Jamie Booth who had managed to disrupt Bay of Plenty's ball from a dominated scrum.
Crosswell ended up side-on with Henry Stowers trying to blow him out from behind and a falling Hugh Blake collecting the back of his head on the way down.
Blake's shoulder ended up forcing Crosswell's head down and with Stowers driving in from behind, he had no where to go except twisting sideways.
The Turbos medical staff spent some time attending to Crosswell on the sidelines, but he eventually got to his feet and left the field on his own accord.
But once he got into the changing rooms, there was further concern.
He was eventually placed on a stretcher and taken from the ground in an ambulance.
Crosswell is in his first season back with Manawatu since heading overseas.
The match against Bay of Plenty was his 85th for the province.