The Chiefs have suffered another season-ending injury before competition even begins, this time promising openside flanker Mitch Karpik.
As reported on The Real Michael Pulman last Friday, Karpik was seen on crutches following the 17-12 victory over the Waratahs in a trial game.
Following scans, Karpik ruptured the ACL in his left knee, the incident occurring when the 20-year old was involved in contact during Friday’s game. Karpik’s expected recovery time is 6-9 months, ruling him out of Super Rugby in 2016.
Karpik says he is really disappointed but sees the injury as a bump in the road. With time to focus on his University studies, Karpik said he will continue to cheer on the Chiefs from the sidelines.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is also bitterly disappointed for Karpik after being impressed by what the young openside flanker had to offer during the trial match where the injury occurred.
“His debut in Friday’s game was impressive and further reinforced the hugely promising future he has ahead of him,” Rennie said.
Karpik will undergo surgery in the near future.