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Squire latest Highlanders injury problem

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/03/2017
File photo of Liam Squire. © Claus Andersen/Getty Images File photo of Liam Squire.

The Highlanders' Super Rugby stocks have been further pillaged by an injury to All Blacks flanker Liam Squire.

Squire is likely to be sidelined for four to six weeks after picking up the injury early in his team's 30-27 loss to the Crusaders in Dunedin.

The tough eight-Test international played out the game and was one of the home team's best performers.

It adds to a horror start the season for the southerners, who have lost both their opening games at home and built a crippling injury list.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Maori All Blacks centre Jason Emery is out for the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in a lower-tier game on Saturday.

Other senior players missing against the Crusaders were backs Ben Smith and Marty Banks, and forwards Ash Dixon, Dan Pryor, Shane Christie and Luke Whitelock.

Several other second-choice options are also sidelined.

Coach Tony Brown has hinted No.8 Whitelock could return from a shoulder complaint for Saturday's match against the Blues in Auckland.

Highlanders skipper Smith is also a chance to play, but must pass concussion protocols following a head knock in their opening loss to the Chiefs.

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