Wellington: New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori will miss the second Test against West Indies in Kingston with a groin strain, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said Wednesday.
The 33-year-old managed to play on after suffering an adductor strain in the first Test, when the Black Caps slumped to a nine-wicket loss, but would not be fit for the Kingston match, NZC physiotherapist Paul Close said.
"Dan will return to New Zealand where he will be monitored closely and undergo a period of rehabilitation," Close said. "He will require a rest from bowling and his return date will be determined by how well he responds to the treatment."
New Zealand will be hoping to rehabilitate Vettori, the country's most-capped Test player, in time for tour of India which begins on August 23. His absence in Kingston potentially opens the way for legspinner Tarun Nethula to make his Test debut.