Wallabies lock Sam Carter on track to return from knee injury in time for Rugby World Cup

Wallabies and Brumbies lock Sam Carter is aiming to make a late bid for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Jay CronanThe World Cup dream for Wallabies and Brumbies lock Sam Carter is well and truly alive with his quicker than expected recovery from a knee injury.

Carter is on track to return to the field in mid-August for a National Rugby Championship match with NSW Country.

If all goes well in his comeback from a torn medial ligament, Carter will then be available for selection for the Wallabies’ historic Test match against the USA in Chicago on September 5.

That will be the last hit-out for the Wallabies before they start their World Cup campaign against Fiji in Cardiff on September 24.

Carter returned to straight line running last week – eight weeks after his knee injury.

He is aiming to play for NSW Country in their first game of the NRC on August 22, giving him time to launch a late bid for World Cup selection.

“If I’m in the picture, maybe I can perform in one game before they [the Wallabies] go to the US,” Carter said.

“Watching a team you were a part of last year and not being able to be a part of it is tough, but I’m just doing everything I can to get back and make sure I’m right to go.

“Personally, I think that I’ll have confidence in my knee, then it’ll be up to the coaches and staff to what they want to do with me.”

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika sent Carter a message of support soon after he tore the MCL in his knee in the Brumbies’ 22-16 win over the Bulls on May 30.

Carter would be a valuable addition to a Wallabies forward pack, which has shown plenty of positive signs in the team’s opening two wins in The Rugby Championship against South Africa and Argentina.

The 24-year-old made 11 appearances for the Wallabies in his debut international campaign last year.

The Wallabies are blessed with several quality options at lock. Rob Simmons and Will Skelton were in the starting side in the win over the Pumas, while Dean Mumm provided plenty of impact off the bench.

Carter will have another running session on Friday as he continues his rehabilitation.

“Each day I’m progressing that little bit further, it’s pretty positive at the moment,” Carter said.

“The knee has responded really well to all the treatment and all the rehab I’ve been doing. Mid-August is around the 10-11 week mark. It’ll be good to get back out there and hopefully test it out.”

The Wallabies have the opportunity to clinch The Rugby Championship when they host the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 8.

While Cheika’s men haven’t fired on all cylinders so far, they are laying the groundwork ahead of the World Cup.

“Both games weren’t particularly pretty to watch at times, but the most important thing is they got the result and they are starting to come together really well,” Carter said.

“It’s exciting times to watch a team develop and hopefully I can be a part of it.”

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