SYDNEY - Sunday could be D-Day for injured flanker David Pocock, who has "no idea" if he'll be fit enough to make the Wallabies' spring tour of Europe.
Pocock remains touch and go after undergoing knee surgery in late August and will consult the Wallabies' medical team after Saturday night's final Bledisloe Cup clash with the All Blacks in Brisbane.
While coach Robbie Deans is hopeful Pocock will play some part in Australia's four-Test tour, starting against France in Paris on November 10, the champion No.7 is not so sure.
"I'm not holding my breath," he told AAP yesterday.
"You always hope that you can get back on the field and play but whether that's realistic I'm not sure. I've gotten stuck in in Canberra the past month or so and am slowly improving.
"It's hard to gauge how far I am away from playing. It's all about upping the load now."
Pocock suffered a medial ligament tear in the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney on August 18.
With lock James Horwill (hamstring) and halfback Will Genia (knee) also falling victim to the Wallabies' captain's curse this season, Deans has once again talked veteran second-rower Nathan Sharpe out of retirement and into leading his side to Europe.
Horwill still holds high hopes of returning to action some time on the tour, while Genia is no chance after undergoing a knee reconstruction.
Deans will name a 30-man touring squad next week to assemble in Sydney on October 31, with the Wallabies leaving for Paris on November 4.
After opening against France, Australia will play further Tests against England at Twickenham (November 17), Italy in Florence (November 24) and Wales in Cardiff (December 1).