New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill will miss the tour of Bangladesh as his problematic ankle needs surgery.
Guptill has been playing through the pain of an ankle injury for the last 12 months but the 26-year-old has been advised that an operation is now required.
The hard-hitting opener also recently sustained a fracture in the little finger of his right hand while playing in the Caribbean Premier League.
An NZ Cricket statement read: "The recovery from the ankle operation will mean Guptill missing the Bangladesh tour with a possible return for the tour to Sri Lanka in November.
"Specialists have advised Guptill he will not need surgery on his finger but it needs to be immobilised in a splint.
"A full recovery is expected within three to five weeks."
New Zealand's tour squad will be named next weekend - the October tour includes two Tests, three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match.