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Joe Moody suffers gruesome eye injury as heat goes on Sonny Bill Williams

Joe Moody trudges off from All Blacks training in London after injuring his eye in a lineout drill Phil Walter/Getty Images

All Blacks prop Joe Moody's horror run with injury has continued with the front-rower set to miss the rest of the season after a lineout accident at training.

Moody split his left eyelid as a result of a stray hand at All Blacks training ahead of the world champions' eagerly-anticipated showdown with England at Twickenham this weekend.

Moody was likely to start at loosehead prop but now requires at least six weeks out of the game after plastic surgery in London.

The Crusaders front-rower has already spent a chunk of this season on the sidelines, suffering finger and thumb injuries as well as a knee complaint that saw him miss the two-time defending champions' quarterfinal win over the Sharks.

This eye injury has brought new meaning to the phrase "rotten luck" however.

"But Joe Moody has found a way to get himself injured this year in unusual fashion," All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said. "It was a lineout lift and he copped someone's hand. Anyone else and it would have probably missed."

Hansen said the All Blacks would be taking no risks with Moody's recovery.

"And as our doctor described it, your eyelid is your window washer. So if you have got half of it missing you can't wipe your eye and it could affect your eyesight long term," Hansen said.

"So we need to make sure that he is okay."

Meanwhile, veteran centre Sonny Bill Williams has been put on notice ahead Saturday's Test with England as the depth of midfield talent continues to swell within the All Blacks squad.

"Sonny has had the least rugby and is probably still finding his top form," assistant coach Ian Foster told reporters in London.

"I think that it is a fair thing to say. Our midfield now is jumping out of their skin. The last two weeks we've probably seen the energy levels and work-rate in that group as good as it's been all year.

"The other ones whenever they have gone out, they have done a really good job."

Williams partnered Ryan Crotty against the Wallabies in Yokohama a fortnight ago, before Ngani Laumape and Matt Proctor combined in the midfield against Japan last weekend.

But it's the presence of Jack Goodhue that looms large over Williams and Crotty. Goodhue was unavailable for selection in Yokohama due to illness but has recovered in time to be considered for the Test with England.