The England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the third cricket test against New Zealand starting at Eden Park tomorrow because of a knee injury.
Pietersen injured his right knee earlier this month while taking part in fielding practice and scans have revealed bone bruising and possible cartilage damage.
The ECB says the injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and a likely 6-8 week period of rest and rehabilitation.
Pietersen is returning home and will also miss the Indian Premier League.
The first two tests in New Zealand, both of which Pietersen played in, ended in draws.