Williamson out for two months
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will be sidelined by an elbow tendon injury for at least two months, coach Gary Stead said on Tuesday, ruling him out of January's two-Test home series against Bangladesh.
The recurring injury also forced Williamson to miss the second Test against India in Mumbai, where New Zealand went down by a record 372 runs on Monday to lose the series 1-0.
"Kane's going along okay," Stead told reporters from Mumbai on the eve of the squad's return home. "I said right from the start, I expected it to be a sustained period of time.
"Last time ... was about eight or nine weeks. I expect it's somewhere in that timeframe again."
Stead said surgery was unlikely, but he was also reluctant to predict that Williamson would be fit to face South Africa in two tests in February and March.
"We're trying not to put a timeframe on it," Stead added. "It's all about the load on the elbow and when you're in the test arena, the extra time in training and batting as well is what tipped him over the edge, I guess.
"Kane's doing it tough, don't get me wrong. He hates the thought of missing any cricket, let alone test cricket for New Zealand."