He will be monitored in the coming days but Schmidt was hopeful of his availability.
"We have quality players there, and they all know how to play the game we want to play".
"But if you're out for the period of time he has been out for, it would be a big step in". Dan Carter dropped one of the ugliest goals of his career to get us up and I think there was a draw at one stage so they have been capable. "I've had guys from New Zealand ringing me looking for tickets for the last six to nine months".
Leavy was a revelation in Ireland's Grand Slam campaign - playing in all five games - but the return to fitness of O'Brien and Josh van der Flier appeared to have sent him sliding down the pecking order, making his performance against the Pumas all the more timely.
"There's plenty of character in the All-Black jersey and I'd say there's plenty of character in the Irish one too".
"The last few times we've played Ireland have been good test matches".
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"And, while Chicago was a great band-aid, in fact it was a full bandage - it was great but two weeks later we were very, very much in the game and it was very tough - very, very tough".
The All Blacks may have won the last meeting, but it came with the British and Irish media accusing the world champions of pushing the boundaries of physicality as they set out to gain "brutal revenge" for the Chicago upset.
"They're the type of games you want to play so I've no doubt it's going to be a similar intensity".
Schmidt said his side would be up for the challenge of the All Blacks after a serious workout against the Argentinians.
Kieran Marmion looks set to be retained in the Ireland team to face the All Blacks on Saturday at the Aviva.
When asked about that memorable day, Hansen was keen to point out that his side are certainly not scarred by the defeat and admitted that Ireland should have beaten New Zealand on a number of occasions prior to Soldier Field. I think there was a draw at one stage if my history is right.
"I thought he was just getting into his rhythm".
Will Addison stepped in to make his first start and didn't let Ireland down, but Ireland will want to restore Ringrose with Bundee Aki.