Hurricanes winger Nehe Milner-Skudder faces a race against time to be fit for the visit of the British and Irish Lions in June.
Milner-Skudder has fallen down the All Blacks pecking order after his injury woes have robbed him of continuity, according to the New Zealand Herald.
He was ruled out for most of last year with a shoulder injury after having been an integral part of the All Blacks side that defended its World Cup title in England.
And just as he was eyeing a return to full match fitness, he fractured his metatarsal against the Chiefs last month, such bad luck for the man who was named 2015 World Rugby Breakthrough player of the year.
Meanwhile, Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has bemoaned the fact that the foot injury is taking longer to heal than expected.
“The solidification of the bone in his foot is slow,” Boyd told Newstalk ZB.
“It’s a low blood-flow area, so it’s slow.
“We initially thought [it would take] six weeks, so post the bye that’s coming up after Blues and Brumbies.
“He may be ready to come in at the back end of that, he may not.
“It’s one of those ones that he’s worked incredibly hard to keep fit and strong and healthy in other ways, but he’s got a wound that’s not helping him at the moment.
“I don’t think he would have played an awful amount of rugby, before they pick the All Blacks to play the British and Irish Lions.”