All Black skipper Richie McCaw is set to return from a long injury layoff in the Crusaders' clash with the Brumbies on Saturday.
The news comes as a timely boost for Todd Blackadder's team as they look to continue their revival after a slow start to the Super Rugby season.
McCaw has been sidelined with a broken thumb for the past two months but could return to action off the bench in Christchurch this weekend.
"If he does get through training, potentially it will be an impact role off the bench," Crusaders forwards coach Dave Hewett told local media.
"Given the conditions and how the other loose forwards pull up over the week could determine whether he starts or comes off the bench."
Lying eighth in the table on as they come off a bye, a win over the Australian conference leaders could see the Crusaders break into the top six for the first time this season.
All Blacks lock Luke Romano is also expected to return from injury, while captain Kieran Read should start despite suffering a head-knock in the recent win over the Chiefs.