New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has been ruled out of his side's Cricket World Cup game against Canada with strained knee ligaments.
He injured his right knee during the 110-run victory over Pakistan and following scans in Mumbai, which revealed a mild strain of his cruciate ligaments, he is aiming to return when the Black Caps take on Sri Lanka on 18th March.
“It’s a bit stiff and sore the last couple of days and 13 hours of travel never helps anyone. It felt a lot better today and it’s a lot easier to walk," he told New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) website (www.blackcaps.co.nz).
“There’s still quite a lot of swelling so as soon as that comes down I’ll be back into it,” he added.
“I really want to play in that Sri Lanka game heading towards those quarter finals. The crucial thing is I should be able to continue on with the tournament. I suppose now for me it’s about symptoms and the sooner those symptoms dissipate the quicker I can get back on the field which is what everyone wants."
Ross Taylor, who stood in for Vettori once he left the field against Pakistan, will take over the reins as captain as New Zealand aim to follow Sri Lanka in qualifying for the quarter-finals of the tournament.
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