All Blacks and Crusaders captain Richie McCaw is expected to make his return to Super Rugby this weekend against the Reds.
McCaw was included in the Crusaders original Super Rugby squad so even though he has yet to play for them this season he is free to start whenever he wants to.
The 32-year-old loose forward has been on a six month sabbatical from rugby designed to extend his playing career and made his comeback last weekend in club rugby.
The Crusaders have a home Super Rugby Qualifier at AMI Stadium against the Reds on Saturday and coach Todd Blackadder has confirmed that he is in line to play against the 2011 Super Rugby champions.
"He got through the weekend all right and he's really keen to be involved so that's encouraging," Blackadder told Sportal.
"But it would be silly to compromise the team. He's a quality player - he's Richie McCaw, of course. But we've still got to put the team first."
Blackadder said that it will be a difficult decision to make, but that he is glad to be in the situation.
"You've got to weigh things up and make sure you do right by the team," Blackadder said.
"We've got a game we've got to win - bringing a guy like Richie back into the team is fantastic and makes our selection even harder.
"There's also loyalty to the guys who have done the job. You can't under-estimate the work they've put in to give us the opportunity. "
"These decisions are never going to be easy."
The Crusaders have not yet played the Reds in Super Rugby this year.