Cheika Wallabies have suffered a major blow with the news that Reece Hodge will miss out on the one-off test against the All Blacks this coming weekend as well as the end-of-year tour to Europe.
The Wallaby star has suffered a ankle injury which will see him out of action for the next month.
Cheika confirm that Hodge will not be available for the last few test this year.
“I think he had three games scheduled and one had to forfeit so he got two games under his belt,” Cheika said of Kerevi.
“He’s got a good block of training under his belt and he is probably a bit underdone but he has a lot of experience as well.
“We will decide once he arrives and we get him on the training paddock whether we think he is in the sort of condition he needs to be to play at least some part this weekend.”
After the Bledisloe Cup clash in Yokohama Cheika will call for some reinforcements.
Both Jordan Petaia and Adam Ashley-Cooper are tipped to join the squad in Europe and Matt Toomua will also return from Leicester duties.
“I was thinking about bringing a couple of development players for the European section (of the tour) and we will just have to see,” Cheika said of his options.