Nehe Milner-Skudder could be out for the season if he requires should reconstruction surgery according to Hurricanes boss Chris Boyd.
The All Blacks star was forced off during Friday's 23-21 win over the Blues.
Milner-Skudder had already missed the Hurricanes' Round 2 loss to the Highlanders with a knee injury but now looks set to be out for significantly longer.
After dislocating his shoulder against the Blues, Boyd is now hopeful that his star winger will be out for weeks rather than months.
"We're hopeful he hasn't got any structural damage in his shoulder, which might mean it's only a couple of weeks, right through to it needs a shoulder reconstruction and then he's out for the season," Boyd told the Dominion Post.
Next up for last year's finalists is a home game with the Force on Friday. Assessing their form so far, with one win from their first three matches, Boyd admitted the squad have a long way way to go, starting this weekend.
"To have gone three out of three would've been outstanding, to win two out of three would've been what we were aiming for and to get one out of three is probably a pass mark," Boyd added.
"We're certainly not happy with where we're at and there's a hell of a lot more to come."