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Maxwell To Have Surgery on Finger

Wednesday, April 20, 2005    allblacks.com    

Maxwell suffered a fracture-dislocation of the middle finger on his right hand early in the Crusaders game against the Bulls in Pretoria on April 9.

The 29-year-old played in the Stormers match last Saturday with a splint supporting his finger.

Crusaders doctor Deb Robinson said Maxwell consulted a surgeon on the team’s return from South Africa this week and was offered surgery to stabilise the joint.

“He decided to have the surgery and will need five to six weeks with the finger in a splint to recover.”

Crusaders Coach Robbie Deans says it wasn’t in Maxwell’s best interests long term to continue to play with it supported in a splint, so he’s opted to get the operation.

One piece of good news is that fellow lock Ross Filipo, who injured the medial ligament in his right knee in the opening round of the Rebel Sport Super 12 had his first run with the team today and will be available for selection against the Cats this weekend.

“Ross got some club rugby game time in the weekend and came through that well. He’s worked hard through this last month. He’s in good shape and is obviously very excited about getting a crack.”