Johnson was left frustrated after seeing second rower Courtney Lawes banned for two games by a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday for after being found guilty of 'recklessly striking'.
However, there was better news of Moody who looks to have finally shaken off a persistent knee injury.
The 33-year-old is now in line to take over the armband once again for Sunday's showdown in Dunedin.
"Yeah, we anticipate him being there," the England supremo stated. "We talked last week about where he was and he wasn't far off.
"He was running around in training last week and the week before, so another week's always better if you've been injured a long time, but at some point you've got to go, so we're hopeful."
Scrum-half Ben Youngs - who scored England's match-winning try against Argentina - admits that the return of the inspirational Moody will give the side a huge lift.
"(He's a) great guy, great team leader," the Leicester star told Sky Sports.
"He's one of those guys that doesn't need to say a lot, you just follow, someone who just flies in and you're just very honoured and proud to play alongside him.
"He gives nothing less than 100 percent for his country and at times it actually makes you quite emotional to watch guys like that.
"It's great to see him back, he's a tremendous player, he's been a great servant for England so it's just exciting to have these guys back."
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