The Hurricanes have today confirmed All Blacks first five-eighth Beauden Barrett will sit out four weeks of the Super Rugby competition.
Barrett's scans revealed a grade two tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee, which he suffered during the Hurricanes' match against the Crusaders on Saturday.
"Obviously I'm gutted with the injury, but fortunately it's not season-ending for me," Barrett said
"I've been pretty lucky to have a good run without injury for a while, but it's now up to me to work hard on my rehab and make sure I'm ready to return at the business end of the season."
Should all go well with his rehabilitation, the Hurricanes are hopeful Barrett will be available for selection when the Hurricanes face the Crusaders in Nelson on May 29.
With Aaron Cruden gone for the season, Colin Slade and Daniel Carter are now the only fit All Blacks 10s running around Super Rugby ahead of the one-off Test against Samoa on July 8.