All Blacks wing Cory Jane is set to return to action when Wellington host Auckland in their ITM Cup clash on Saturday.
The 30-year-old has been on the sidelines since tearing ligaments in in his right knee during a Hurricanes pre-season training session in January.
But Wellington coach Chris Boyd has revealed that the 43-Test veteran is in the running to play his first match since the All Blacks lost to England at Twickenham on December 1 last year.
"As far as I'm concerned his return to play date, from all medical people concerned is next Saturday against Auckland and I haven't seen any evidence why that should change or be different," Boyd told Fairfax Media.
"The expectation is unless something has happened in Australia, where he has been attending a wedding, then he'll be available for selection in some form at the weekend.
"I haven't discussed with him whether he'll come off the bench or start."
Fellow speedster Alapati Leiua is also set to return to action after recovering from a knee injury.
"Alapati is back to play this week and keen to start," said Boyd.
"I'd be surprised if we get 80 minutes out of either of them, so they may end up job sharing. I'm not sure."