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Blade cut into muscle, Foster says it needs to be checked out

NEWS: The All Blacks are holding thumbs that prop Tyrel Lomax will recover in time for the World Cup after sustaining a deep gash on his upper leg in the loss against the Springboks at Twickenham on Friday.

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A wayward boot hit Lomax causing a big cut that went all the way into the muscle of the thigh, but coach Ian Foster had doubts that the 27-year-old would be unavailable to go to France.

“Tyrel’s pretty bad, actually,” Foster told media after the game.

“He’s got quite a big cut, it’s right through into the muscle of the thigh.

“We’ve got a concern over the sharp plastic blades happening at the moment. We’ll have to check what boot that came off.

“It certainly wasn’t deliberate. Beaudy [Barrett] got cut with the same sort of thing. We’ll have to check that out.

“But he’s not in a great way.”

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Other injuries in the All Black camp include Brodie Retallick (knee) and Shannon Frizell (hamstring) who will both miss the early part of their World Cup campaign.

The Kiwis taking on France in the tournament opener on September 9.

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