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All Blacks' Sam Cane could return for Chiefs' Super Rugby match at Blues

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The Chiefs' Sam Cane leads his side out ahead of their Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders at ANZ National Stadium in 2018
Image: Sam Cane could return from a neck injury this Saturday

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane could make his Super Rugby comeback for the Chiefs' trip to the Blues on Saturday after recovering from a neck injury.

The 27-year-old had emergency surgery in South Africa in October after breaking a bone in his neck during a Test against the Springboks and was initially expected to make his return against the Reds on May 24.

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However, head coach Colin Cooper revealed Cane has been making good progress and is a possibility to feature in the match in Auckland this weekend, live on Sky Sports.

"Sam's going really well and could be [back] this week or next week," Cooper said ahead of the match.

Cane was invited to New Zealand's one-day camp last month, boosting his chances of making the defending champions' squad for this year's World Cup in Japan, which starts in September.

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Chiefs are currently 12th in the overall Super Rugby standings, two points above the Blues who have played one game fewer.

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