One last minute fitness test for Carter to pass

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James Mortimer     28 Sep 2012     Getty Images

If, as expected, passed to play, Carter will line up for his 90th test cap, and just his second against Argentina, with a young Carter part of the touring party that arrived in South America in 2006.

Carter was happy, despite the fact that he has been itching to play after Aaron Cruden has started at ten in the All Blacks last two test matches.

"It's been pretty frustrating sitting out the last few weeks. I'm really happy with the way I've got back, the calf's feeling good," he said.

"I'm not far off, that's the reason I'm playing this weekend. If there was any doubt at all I wouldn't make myself available."

Carter was taken off the field during a training session on Tuesday, but while he might have raised his eyebrows at the doctors, he understood their advice.

"You want to train right to the end (of a session) but you have to be smart with these types of injuries and I haven't been able to do a lot of running in the last three weeks."

Carter missed the last two clashes against the Pumas, including their World Cup quarter-final match, and this weekend will see him try and unlock a defensive system that has been causing the All Blacks one or two issues.

"They're a quality defensive side," Carter said.

"They a present few opportunities for us but they tend to cover those pretty well."