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McCaw downplays foot injury as a 'niggle'

Published: 4:24PM Saturday October 08, 2011 Source: ONE Sport

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has downplayed his foot injury ahead of the All Blacks quarter-final against Argentina at Eden Park tomorrow.

McCaw was ruled out of last Sunday's Pool match against Canada and speculation has been building all week that the 100 Test All Black was in a real battle to be fit for the rest of the World Cup.

Coach Graham Henry added more fuel to the story yesterday when he said McCaw "big mental challenge" in dealing with the injury which has plagued his season.

But the openside flanker was quick to put the New Zealand public ease at today's captain's run ahead of tomorrow's match.

"Too much has been made of that, (the pain) comes and goes," he said today.

"It's just a niggle, I'm not running around in excruciating pain. I've dealt with niggles for over 10 years, and everyone's getting a bit too excited about it."

The fourth and final quarter-final kicks off at 8:30pm tomorrow night.

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