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Ruptured Achilles rules Emery out

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/03/2017
Jason Emery of Pulse Energy Highlanders during the Super Rugby match between Southern Kings and Highlanders at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on July 02, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty Images) © Gallo Images/Getty Images Jason Emery of Pulse Energy Highlanders during the Super Rugby match between Southern Kings and Highlanders at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on July 02, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Midfielder Jason Emery is the latest addition to the Highlanders' ever-increasing injury roster, ruled out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Emery, 23, snapped the tendon playing for the Highlanders' reserve team against the Crusaders on Saturday.

He will miss the entire season in post-surgery rehabilitation, joining Hayden Parker on the sidelines for 2017 after he ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament in the pre-season.

The Highlanders, who have lost their first two Super Rugby matches, have also lost a worrying number of players to injury.

Openside specialist James Lentjes dislocated his elbow in the first minute of play against the Crusaders on Saturday, and could be be out for anything from six weeks to the rest of the season.

He will join fellow No.7s Dan Pryor and Shane Christie on the sideline, alongside injured hookers Adrian Smith, Ash Dixon and Greg Pleasants-Tate.

Highlanders fullback and captain Ben Smith is still recovering from concussion suffered in the season-opening loss to the Chiefs, while Luke Whitelock (shoulder) and Marty Banks (knee) are also both sidelined.

However, coach Tony Brown is remaining positive.

"Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game and while we are having our depth tested currently, we have faith in the resilience and talent within our squad," he said.

"On the up side, hopefully a few of our senior players will be back soon."

The Highlanders play the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.

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