The Crusaders appear to be preparing for a return by Zac Guildford sometime this Super Rugby season.
It had been thought Kurt Baker would be elevated from the wider training squad to permanently replace Guildford, who's on indefinite leave following another alcohol-related incident.
Assistant coach Aaron Mauger told RadioSport they're hoping Guildford can get through the next few weeks and potentially make a return.
Mauger said they'll assess where Baker sits later this week after a hamstring injury at the Wellington Sevens, but have already called in another player.
He said they'll assess Baker this week and are hoping he'll only be out for four weeks, while they've also called in former Highlander Telusa Veainu.
Mauger said they can also consider playing Israel Dagg on the wing if needed.
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