Dan Carter to undergo ankle surgery

Dan Carter of New Zealand lines up a kick at goal during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 16, 2013
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New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter will have surgery to remove bone spurs in his ankle.

New Zealand team doctor Tony Page has revealed that Dan Carter will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs in his ankle.

The 31-year-old fly-half, who has already started his six-month sabbatical, was forced off during last month's Autumn International against England.

"Dan has some bone spurs in the same ankle which need to be removed so he will have an operation for that," said Page.

"This is similar to what he had done a few years ago."

Carter will return to action with Super Rugby side Crusaders in July.

Chris Robshaw of England tackles Israel Dagg of New Zealand during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 16, 2013
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