Toby Flood is expected to be fit to return for Leicester Tigers in Sunday's Heineken Cup tie against Treviso.
The England fly-half was forced to pull out of England's momentous win over the All Blacks last week and it was
initially feared he had broken his toe.
But director of rugby Richard Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester: "His toe is improving so there is every chance he should be fit, which is great news."
Tigers are third Pool Two and must beat bottom club Treviso.
Cockerill's side have
lost one of their opening two fixtures,
and know that back-to-back victories over group minnows Treviso are essential if they are to progress.