Experienced New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori has been ruled out of action for up to a month after suffering a hamstring injury.
The issue, which surfaced just prior to the second Test against Australia in Hobart, is a recurrence of an old problem and meant he missed the match at the Bellerive Oval.
Although he is likely to spend time on the sidelines, he is unlikely to miss a match if his recovery goes to plan as New Zealand are not in action until they play Zimbabwe in a one-off Test beginning on 26th January in Napier.
"Unfortunately Dan sustained a recurrence of his left hamstring injury that’s been problematic for him over the last few years," New Zealand Cricket (NZC) physiotherapist Paul Close said.
"We expect him to be rehabbing the injury and back to full fitness within three to four weeks. We are confident he will be back to play some HRV Cup cricket at some stage in the New Year."
The injury resulted in New Zealand handing Trent Boult an unexpected Test debut for the game in Hobart.
Vettori, who led New Zealand to the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup, has played 106 Tests, 268 One-Day Internationals and 28 Twenty20 Internationals for his country.
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