New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham faces up to six weeks out of action after straining the little finger on his left hand.
He picked up the injury fielding off his own bowling during the third ODI in Dambulla and he will therefore miss the second and final Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka later this week and will face a battle to be fit in time for the limited overs matches on home soil against the West Indies.
Neesham has to date played seven One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals and will be aiming to be fit in time to be selected for the five ODIs and two Twenty20s against the West Indies that begin on 26th December.
"It’s important we allow Jimmy’s finger sufficient time to heal in order to achieve a full recovery. We expect Jimmy to be back playing again in around four to six weeks," New Zealand Cricket (NZC) physiotherapist Paul Close said.
New Zealand are already battling a long injury list with Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson and Kane Williamson either undergoing treatment or recovering from injuries.
With so much uncertainty surrounding key players, the naming of their Test squad to play the West Indies has been delayed and will now be named on 29th November.
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