Franks' injury a worry ahead of World Cup

Owen Franks
Owen Franks
Doubts have surfaced on the immediate playing future of key All Blacks prop Owen Franks.

Franks did not play against the Highlanders last night because of a shoulder injury and Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said he had a scan on his shoulder.

Robertson was coy on the injury and said it would be reassessed in a couple of weeks. The Crusaders have the bye next week.

The Crusaders coach said Franks, a tighthead prop, had wrenched his shoulder and he would be given time for a rest.

It would be scanned again in a couple of weeks to see how the shoulder was healing.

He was limited in what he could say as there was not a lot known about the injury.

Franks is heading into his third World Cup and is a key part of the All Black picture. It is concerning to have a shoulder injury less than six months out from the World Cup.

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