Wing Nehe Milner-Skudder will miss the All Blacks' end of year tour to the United States and Europe in November due to his shoulder injury.
The 25-year-old suffered a dislocated shoulder while playing for Hurricanes against the Blues at Eden Park in round three of the Super Rugby competition.
Today, on Instagram, he gave an update on his injury recovery.
"Hey Guys,To everyone that's been asking (and I really appreciate the support) looks like I won't be back until Super Rugby next year," he wrote on Instagram. "Would have loved to get back out on the paddock this year but it's a bit too early and still some risk of buggering it. In the meantime will keep donning the 'HydrationTechnician' bib for the Turbo lads and I look forward to getting stuck into preseason with the Canes. I really appreciate all the messages & support , thanks a lot!!"
Milner-Skudder was a revelation on the right wing for the All Blacks after he made his debut in last year's Rugby Championship. Milner-Skudder scored two tries in the loss to Australia in Sydney and sparkled at the World Cup, scoring six tries, including one in the final against the Wallabies.
The All Blacks begin their northern tour with a test against Ireland in Chicago on November 5, and play further tests against Italy in Rome, Ireland in Dublin, and France in Paris.