Turbos and Blues first five-eighth Otere Black staring at long stint on sidelines

Manawatū first five-eighth Otere Black will be out for the best part of a year with a knee injury.
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Manawatū first five-eighth Otere Black will be out for the best part of a year with a knee injury.

Otere Black's Blues season is over before it has even begun, with the Manawatū first five-eighth out for six to nine months.

Black, 22, has a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, which he picked up in the Manawatū Turbos' 46-25 loss to Taranaki in New Plymouth on Wednesday night.

The first five-eighth was on crutches with ice strapped to his knee after the match, but scan results revealed on Friday a ruptured ACL.

It is hoped he will be back for next year's national provincial championship, but it should rule him out for the entire Super Rugby campaign.

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Turbos coach Jeremy Cotter confirmed on Friday that Black's injury would have him out for the best part of a year.

Black took an awkward fall during the game against Taranaki when trying to step and then was clutching his knee as soon as he hit the deck.

The Blues are without an established playmaker on their books. Their other first five-eighth options are youngster Stephen Perofeta, who has looked in good touch for Taranaki this year, and North Harbour's Bryn Gatland.

Black is on a three-year deal with the Blues, but next year was supposed to be the year he came into his own.

He has spent most of his 21-game Hurricanes career on the bench behind All Black Beauden Barrett.

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