Clarke still fighting to be declared a starter
James Mortimer 01 Aug 2012 Getty Images
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie told allblacks.com that the goal was simply to get Clarke to the level he was before last Friday's Semi-Final.
"He's still 50/50" Rennie said.
"If it wasn't a final we wouldn't be considering him, but we are taking it day by day to make sure Craig can play."
Clarke himself has said that he will take the field even if in pain, and Rennie said that could be the case if he comes through basic medical tests.
"We might have to put some extra strapping on there and get some painkillers in so he can take the field," the Chiefs coach said.
"This injury can typically take up to eight weeks to heal, so we're also being careful."
The Chiefs had an open training session yesterday, and are scheduled to have a light day today, before taking part in a final training session that will end with the team naming on Thursday.
Clarke will need to prove his knee can stand up to running, and hope that the swelling continues to subside over the next 24-48 hours.
If Clarke was ruled out, there was consideration that number eight Kane Thompson may shift to the second row, with the Samoan international having experience there, while Mike Fitzgerald was another option.
If Thompson plays at lock, Messam would likely shift to number eight.
Most popular News:
New Under 20 training squad named31.Oct.2014
Tickets now $149 for Sevens Wellington31.Oct.2014
AIG brings live streaming of All Blacks v USA Test to 127 territories30.Oct.2014
All Blacks team named to play historic Test against USA30.Oct.2014
Maori All Blacks team to play Japan in Kobe named30.Oct.2014
Rugby player numbers reach record high30.Oct.2014