Black Caps' Taylor facing knee rehab

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New Zealand's medical team released a detailed update on their numerous injuries on Thursday, with the most notable being Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor's recoveries ahead of the Tests against the West Indies.

New Zealand's medical team released a detailed update on their numerous injuries on Thursday, with the most notable being Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor's recoveries ahead of the Tests against the West Indies.

The two senior players were rested for the tour to Sri Lanka, but then both picked up injuries. McCullum's perpetual lower back problem showed up again, while Taylor did some damage to his knee, though he is expected to be fit by the end of the month.

Otherwise, it's unknown when Kane Williamson will make his return after fracturing his finger against Bangladesh. He was originally meant to skipper the side against Sri Lanka, but his injury gave that role to Kyle Mills.

The update read: "Brendon McCullum is back doing some light training this week after a back injury ruled him out of the last two matches of the Bangladesh tour. McCullum is on track to play for the New Zealand XI against a West Indies XI starting on 27 November at Lincoln.

"Batsman Kane Williamson now has movement in his left thumb after he fractured it last month during the tour to Bangladesh. The 23-year-old will have an update on when he can return to cricket when he sees his specialist again next week.

"Since returning from Bangladesh, Ross Taylor has aggravated a niggly knee injury and will undergo a rehabilitation programme over the next week or so. New Zealand Cricket's medical team says Taylor has a problem with his patella tendon but they hope he will be available to play in the Plunket Shield match for the Central Stags starting on 26 November.

"Fast bowler Tim Southee, who had ankle surgery in July, is training with the Northern Knights after his return from Bangladesh. He is expected to make his First Class return in the match against the Central Stags on 26 November.

"Batsman Martin Guptill returned to First Class cricket on Tuesday after surgery on his right ankle and a fractured finger. He made 62 for the Auckland Aces before retiring hurt (precautionary only) with a tight hamstring in their match against the Canterbury Wizards at Eden Park no.2. This was his first game back after surgery in September."

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