Milner last played competitive cricket in April. He sustained a grade two hamstring tear in his right leg during the IPL in May, and was subsequently ruled out of his county stint with Essex as he required surgery on his elbow. He has been named to play in three 50-over matches between a New Zealand XI and an Emerging Players XI in Lincoln next week, but is set to only play as a batsman.
"Milne is just coming back from a wee tidy-up elbow operation he had," Larsen told stuff.co.nz."He's travelling nicely and he's going to play in those games, but we are keen to keep expanding his batting game so he's going to play as a batsman. It's probably fair to say that it would be a stretch [for him to make the squad for India]."
Milne had earlier missed IPL 2015 after failing to recover from a heel injury he picked up during the World Cup, where he missed New Zealand's last two matches.
Seam-bowling allrounder Corey Anderson, who is recovering from a back injury, however, reportedly has a brighter chance of making the squad for the ODIs in India. He will be part of the Emerging Players XI team in the three one-dayers against New Zealand XI.
"We will monitor Corey, like we'll watch everyone, and assess where he is at after those games," Larsen said."It is the bowling obviously we are very keen to see Corey keep progressing in, to be getting back to being selectable as a genuine allrounder. We are trying to get that on track as quick as possible."
New Zealand XI: George Worker, Anton Devcich, Will Young (capt), Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Adam Milne, Tom Blundell, Ben Wheeler, Seth Rance, Jacob Duffy, Hamish Bennett, Cameron Fletcher
Emerging Players XI: Michael Bracewell (capt), Jeet Raval, Robbie O'Donnell, Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Seifert, Shawn Hicks, Todd Astle, Scott Kuggeleijn, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Edward Nuttall