London – All black coaches Joe Moody will lose the weekend clash with England after the eyelid breaks out during training, said coach Steve Hansen.
Hansen said the 30-year loose head would remain empty for six weeks, which would mean losing the impending trials of world champions against Ireland and Italy.
He said Moody is running a line when the hand of another player accidentally hit his eye.
"Joe Moody has managed to find ways to injure this year in an unusual way," Hansen told reporters before Saturday's Twickenham trial.
"He had to make a line lift and cut a man's hand. Someone else would probably have lost, but Joe …"
The injury adds to a disappointing season for Moody, who has suffered a series of injuries, including a broken thumb that hit the rugby league campaign.
Hansen said New Zealand had no chance with Moody's vision.
"The plastic surgeon has recommended six weeks, and as our doctor described, the eyelid is your washer," he said.
"If you have half lost, you can not wipe your eye, so it will affect your vision in the long run, so we need to make sure it's okay."
Moody was recently re-written with Crusaders All Blacks and Canterbury by 2022.
Karl Tuu inukuafe is about to start loose in the absence of Moody, while Angus Tao avao called the team as a backup.