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Carter out with calf injury

New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has been ruled out for four weeks with a calf injury.

Carter complained of tightness during Monday's training run in Wellington and has now been diagnosed with a calf strain.

"The length of time is because it's a recurrence and you don't want it to recur because then it becomes a major problem," coach Steven Hansen said.

"We'll deal with and get on with it and hopefully he'll be back later on in the competition (Rugby Championship)."

The injury caps a wretched run for Carter, who missed the All Blacks' first two Tests against France in June with a broken hand, while a groin injury robbed him of his place in the 2011 World Cup squad.

Carter recently announced he is to take a break from the sport during the next Super Rugby season.

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