New Zealand have suffered another blow ahead of the summer Tests with news that Richard Kahui will be ruled out for three weeks.
The Chiefs centre has suffered a cartilage tear by his first rib on the left-hand side of his chest during the round 12 Super 14 defeat to the Waratahs.
The All Blacks will play Ireland in New Plymouth on June 12 followed by back-to-back Tests against Wales on June 19 and 26 - with Kahui facing an outside chance of being fit in time for the final match.
And the 24-year-old, who missed all of last year's international matches following shoulder surgery, is now focusing on returning to action.
"While I'm obviously disappointed, I just need to get on with my rehabilitation," Kahui said.
"At the moment I can't do contact training or much upper body training but I can still work on skills and other parts of my game during this time."
Kahui joins fellow centres Ma'a Nonu and Isaia Toeava on the sidelines, with coach Graham Henry facing headache over who to play in midfield.