Black Sticks striker Hugo Inglis' Champions Trophy hockey tournament is over before it started after he broke his thumb in two places during a practice match on Tuesday.
New Zealand coach Colin Batch says the injury is unfortunate, coming in the Black Sticks' warm-up match against the Victorian Institute of Sport as they prepare for their Champions Trophy opener in Melbourne on Saturday against Germany.
Inglis, 21, made his New Zealand debut two years ago and is one of a group of youngsters Batch is watching keenly as the Black Sticks begin their build-up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
He's expected to be out for four-six weeks, returning in time for an all-important Black Sticks training camp in February.
Inglis will be replaced in Melbourne by Dunedin 20-year-old Kane Russell, a stand-out player in the under-21 men's side that competed at the recent Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.
Experienced midfielder Shea McAleese is also in doubt after tweaking a calf, but Batch says he's optimistic the 167-cap veteran will recover in time to start in Saturday's game.