Super Rugby champions the Chiefs will most likely have to field Tasman flanker Tevita Kolomatangi in their season opening match against the Crusaders on Friday but coach Dave Rennie says injuries are improving.
The Chiefs have been heavily hit by injuries and have already lost Sam Cane and Tanerau Latimer.
Cane twisted his leg in Friday's Super Rugby warm up while Latimer is still sitting out on the sidelines with a shoulder/elbow injury.
Chiefs coach Rennie says that he is likely to start wider training group member Tevita Kolomatangi in the number seven jersey this weekend.
Kolomatangi featured in the Chiefs Super Rugby warm up matches and played for almost an hour against the Blues.
On the positive side Rennie said that Mils Muliaina and Ben Afeaki will available for selection this week against the Crusaders and that he hopes that either Andrew Horrell or Charlie Ngatai will be fit.
Rennie said that on the whole their injury situation was improving as players are returning to fitness.
"I think we were missing 19 against the Reds, I think we were only missing 13 last week," Rennie told Radio Sport.
"And all things going well, there'll be less than that going into the Crusaders."