http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/sport/rugby/6073089/McCaw-promises-Super-return-after-op DAVID LONG 02/12/2011
Richie McCaw says he does not expect to miss too much of next year's Super Rugby campaign because of his foot problem.
The All Blacks captain had surgery in Christchurch last week to remove the screw in his right foot that caused him so many problems during the World Cup.
Speaking to the media for the first time since the operation, McCaw said he hoped he would not miss too much of the Crusaders' campaign, but insists he will not take risks with his comeback.
"It won't be until after Christmas that I start to get going again. I'm going to really make sure it has time to heal," McCaw said last night.
"I haven't really put a time line in place, but I want to make sure I get a good amount of time to getting fit and ready to go.
"I've talked to Todd [Blackadder, Crusaders coach] briefly about it and he just said `make sure you take your time and don't rush back'.
"But I'm picking that I won't miss too many games at the start of the season.
"I won't be there for the first game of Super Rugby but it won't be too far into it." McCaw said it was already getting on his nerves having to use crutches to get around.
"I'm bloody frustrated already with the crutches," he said.
"It's going to come right but it's going to take time. It is a bit easier sitting here having played the games I wanted to this year and having this, rather than the other way round."
McCaw had a foot operation last summer to insert the problematic screw into his foot, but he is confident there should not be any more problems.