All Blacks dealt another injury blow
INJURY UPDATE: All Black loose forward Liam Squire broke his thumb during the Highlanders' Super Rugby thriller against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday.
According to the New Zealand newspaper the Stuff, he is expected to be out for at least six weeks.
Squire's injury adds to All Blacks' loose forward dilemma with Kieran Read already sidelined with the same injury and veteran blindside Jerome Kaino undergoing recent knee surgery ahead of the crucial British and Irish Lions tour.
Squire sustained the injury 10 minutes into the encounter - a 45-41 come-from-behind win for the Highlanders - he needed strapping on a swollen thumb and was forced from the field 10 minutes later, replaced by Gareth Evans.
Afterwards, coach Tony Brown confirmed the worst fears to the media.
"It is broken and he's on the plane home," said Brown. "He's probably looking at six weeks out for a broken thumb.
"With Kieran Read out, Liam was probably next cab off the rank [for the All Blacks]. Hopefully, both Kieran and Jerome Kaino can get in time for the Lions.
"He's a massive loss for us."