New Zealand winger Nehe Milner-Skudder has confirmed fears that his shoulder injury will keep him out of action for the rest of the season.
Milner-Skudder dislocated his shoulder while playing for the Hurricanes against the Blues in March and after undergoing surgery it was hoped he would be back playing by the end of August and therefore would be fit to tour with the All Blacks in November.
Coach Steve Hansen expressed his doubts last month and expected the 24-year-old World Cup winner to miss out on the rest of the season.
Milner-Skudder confirmed Hansen's suspicions on his Instagram account on Monday.
"To everyone that's been asking (and I really appreciate the support) looks like I won't be back until Super Rugby next year," Milner-Skudder wrote.
"Would have loved to get back out on the paddock this year but it's a bit too early. I look forward to getting stuck into pre-season with the Canes."