All Blacks outside back Nehe Milner-Skudder can't seem to catch a break.

The 27-year-old was due to join the Māori All Blacks on their South American tour but yet another injury setback will mean he will be heading home.

Milner-Skudder – who has struggled with injuries over the last few years – suffered a shoulder injury during the All Blacks' 69-31 victory against Japan, ruling him out for the Māori All Blacks' matches against Brazil and Chile.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the full nature of the injury was unknown.

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Auckland's Jordan Trainer will replace Milner-Skudder in the Māori squad.