Milner-Skudder was hurt in Friday’s 26-18 defeat to the Chiefs and is currently in a moon boot. He had scans on Monday but backs coach Jason Holland says the Hurricanes don’t yet know the extent of his injury.

“Obviously he was in a bit of pain the other night and is struggling for this weekend, but we’re still waiting for the results,” added Holland.

Milner-Skudder won’t make Saturday’s meeting at Westpac Stadium between the champions from the past two years.

It’s another blow, after he missed much of last year with a shoulder injury, then round one of this campaign with a hamstring niggle.

“He’s disappointed, obviously. But we just had our backs review and Skudz was all energy and contributing. He’s pretty lucky in that he’s a good character and has a positive frame of mind and all he’s thinking about is getting right,” said Holland.

The 26-year-old, who has played eight times for New Zealand, came down awkwardly on his right ankle at Waikato Stadium.

If a suspected ankle ligament injury is confirmed, Milner-Skudder could miss at least four weeks of Super Rugby action. Jordie Barrett is set to replace him against the Otago visitors.

Coach Chris Boyd, reflecting on the defeat to the Chiefs, said: “We’re disappointed, absolute disappointed about the outcome. But we’re far from slitting our wrists over the fact we got ourselves in a position we didn’t want to be in.”

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Full-back Nehe Milner-Skudder will miss this weekend's meeting with the Highlanders, with the Hurricanes waiting to find out how serious the injury is.
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