New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has been ruled out of the upcoming two-match T20I series against Sri Lanka after scans showed a bruise on the bone of his left foot.
Southee had sustained the injury during the third ODI in Nelson, and was subsequently replaced in the ODI squad by Matt Henry. An NZC release confirmed that Henry would stand in for Southee even in the T20s.
"Tim was feeling really fresh after coming back from a break for the first two ODIs, so it's certainly disappointing for him that this has happened now," Mike Hesson, New Zealand's coach, said. "Tim's obviously a key member of our team and been a strong performer for us in all three formats, so he's a big loss.
"We haven't set a date for his return at this point, but will continue to monitor him and work to get him back to full fitness as quickly as possible."
Incidentally, that Nelson match was Southee's first ODI since June, as he had been rested for the limited-overs tour to Africa in August. Southee suffered from an irritated disc in his back during the first Test against Australia in Brisbane, but regained his fitness to play the remaining two matches, in Perth and Adelaide.
He was also rested for the first two ODIs of the Sri Lanka series, in Christchurch, and in his absence, Henry, Southee's replacement, went on to take four-wicket hauls in both games.