Veteran New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori has said he has slim chances of playing in the upcoming three-Test series against England due to a lingering injury.
Vettori, who has been sidelined because of an ongoing Achilles tendon sprain, is hoping that he will be fit for the return tour to England later this year, Stuff.co.nz reports.
The Kiwi star also said that he is also hoping to be selected for the upcoming ODI campaign of the domestic team Northern Districts, adding that he would not be able to play in any four-day cricket for now.
However, a spokeswoman for New Zealand Cricket said that Vettori was progressing well medically and would be reassessed soon with a view to playing again in March.
Vettori has been fighting his injury for about a year, and also suffered a hernia in that time. He is in the middle of a four-month rehabilitation programme, which he said has much improved his health.
Vettori, who has 360 wickets from 112 Tests, played his most recent five-dayer back in 2012, against the West Indies in Antigua.
New Zealand has played their last seven Tests without him, for six defeats and a win in Colombo in November last year. (ANI)