Wellington, Dec 5: New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori will not be a part of the South African tour, following an achilles tendon injury, which is expected to start from December 21, 2012 as he has been advised six-weeks rest.
The 33 year-old spinner, picked up an injury during the T20 World Cup at Sri Lanka in September, since then has missed 7 Test matches.
The veteran spinner who has been an integral part of the New Zealand team since his Test debut against England in 1997, has picked up 359 wickets off 111 Tests.
The latest injury suggests that New Zealand team would miss the services of Vettori atleast for the next 6 weeks.
"Dan had a setback over the weekend and despite his best efforts, he is highly unlikely to be ready in time for our ... matches, which is very unfortunate for him, as we know how hard he has worked to be ready," Heat General Manager Andrew Blucher said in a statement.
"We wish him a speedy recovery and trust he is back playing soon," he added.
Vettori's injury comes in the wake of Ross Taylor's captaincy row, as New Zealand Cricket is expected to give a clear picture of the issue within a couple of days as the team is facing leadership crisis at the moment.
New Zealand are scheduled to play two Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is later this month.