All Blacks captain Sam Cane has undergone successful surgery for the pectoral injury that's expected to see him sidelined for the next six months.
On Friday, the 29-year-old went under the knife to repair the injury suffered against the Blues last month.
"Grateful to have had a very good surgeon who reattached my pectoral muscle, but also tied up a few loose ends with my shoulder while he was in there," Cane says in an Instagram post.
"Looking forward to starting the rehab process and coming back stronger."
The Chiefs co-captain has been ruled out of the rest of Super Rugby and the All Blacks upcoming test campaign, which kicks off against Italy and Fiji in July.
Cane will likely be one of several key All Blacks out of contention, with prop Joe Moody, star loose forward Ardie Savea and midfielder Jack Goodhue all awaiting diagnosis, after limping from the field during the Crusaders' win over the Hurricanes on Sunday.
Lock Sam Whitelock remains the frontrunner to replace Cane as All Blacks skipper.