Dan Vettori will see a specialist tomorrow over his troublesome Achilles injury but concedes the looming tour of Sri Lanka is unlikely in a cricket career that will once again be restricted to test appearances.
Vettori's injury flared again to cut short his Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
He arrived home today vowing to soldier on though admitted he would have to reassess things.
"It's a bit of a chronic injury that flared up during the tournament. I'm seeing the specialist tomorrow. I'll have more of an idea about it then," the 33-year-old said.
"But I think it will be a little bit of a break. I don't think I'll make the Sri Lanka tour.
Injuries and the imminent arrival of his third child will see Vettori cut back his international schedule.
He wants to concentrate on tests and hopes he can rehabilitate quickly and do enough in domestic cricket to push for the tour of South Africa where the test series starts on January 2. A home series against England follows.
Vettori said his original goal of going through to the 2015 World Cup (one-day tournament) was "in the back of my mind".
"But I think when injuries come and start to plague you; you have to reassess your goals. I'll try and get through this injury and see what happens."
With 360 wickets from 112 tests, Vettori said he remained hopeful of getting to the magical 400 mark.
As for the T20 World Cup, Vettori said the team analysis after losing two Super Over matches was that they were "just missing out on the little things here and there".
- Fairfax Media
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