All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw says his recovery from foot surgery is on track, but it's a case of wait-and-see as to when he's back on the rugby field.
McCaw was plagued for much of last year by a screw inserted in his right foot after a stress fracture and he played through the discomfort to lead New Zealand to Rugby World Cup victory.
The screw was removed in late November and the loose forward says he expects to be running again in February.
"I've had three weeks now out of crutches and getting back walking," he said in Christchurch on Thursday.
"I've done some cross training and all that, so yes, it seems to be going right."
However, the 31-year-old McCaw, the most capped All Black with 103 Tests, isn't sure when he'll be in action again for the Crusaders.
He knows he'll miss the first few weeks of the Super Rugby season, which begins in late February.
"But actually deciding when I'll be back, you'll have to wait and see, but things are progressing as they should."
All Blacks and Crusaders team-mate Dan Carter, who was felled by a groin injury during kicking practice midway through the World Cup, is also on target in his rehabilitation.
Carter has not yet rejoined the Crusaders.
The five-eighth, who married long-time girlfriend Honor Dillon in December, is still on his honeymoon.