Martin Gutpill has been ruled out of the Black Caps' tour of Bangladesh in October due to finger and ankle injuries.
The 26-year-old fractured a bone in his right little finger while batting in the Caribbean Premier League recently.
Since arriving back in New Zealand, specialists have advised Guptill he will not require surgery but the finger needs to be immobilised in a splint. A full recovery is expected within three to five weeks.
But Guptill will be out for longer due to a right ankle injury that he has been carrying for the last year. Black Caps physio Paul Close has advised surgery is now required, which will happen next month.
The recovery from the ankle operation will mean Guptill will miss the Bangladesh tour with a possible return for the tour to Sri Lanka in November.
The test squad for the Bangladesh tour will be named on September 6 in Auckland.