Dan Carter hopes of getting involved in some late silverware with his French club have taken another turn for the worse.
The hamstring injury that cost Carter a place in the European Champions Cup final is still bothering him the All Blacks great and he won’t line out in the French Top 14 club semifinals this weekend.
Racing 92 confirmed Carter wouldn’t be part of the playoffs match against Castres on Sunday (NZT).
The 36-year-old is in the final throes of his French career as he gets set to move to the Japanese scene at the end of the season.
His last season at the Paris outfit has been dogged by various injuries.
Racing 92 have problems at No 10 with Carter’s long-term replacement Pat Lambie out with a knee injury.
Remi Tales, who ended up playing virtually all of the Champions Cup final after Lambie was injured just three minutes into the match, is expected to hold the playmaker’s role for the crucial clash with Castres.
Castres’ South African hooker Jody Jenneker will miss the semifinal after he was handed a three-week ban for having struck Maxime Medard in last weekend’s win over Toulouse.
Carter will be hoping Racing can see off Castres, giving him another week to try to be ready for the Top 14 final.