Test quick James Pattinson has been ruled out for the remainder of the domestic summer with a bone stress injury in his left shin.
Pattinson, who took six wickets in the second Test against the Black Caps last month, had come into the side at the expense of an injured Peter Siddle, having also played three Tests against the West Indies during the home summer.
"James had a recurrence of his left shin soreness following the second Test in Christchurch and had follow-up scans in Melbourne yesterday," said Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley.
"These scans have shown some inflammation around the shin consistent with bone stress.
"James will now require some time off to allow this injury to resolve and will not be available for the remainder of the domestic cricket season."
Pattinson made his Test debut in 2011 but has been troubled by injuries regularly since, most notably stress fractures in his back following the 2013 Ashes, which kept him out of action for almost eight months.
He returned for the 'world championship' Test against South Africa in early 2014, which proved to be his final Test until this summer's action against the Windies after he was struck down with another back injury that cost him another 18 months of cricket.
In all, the 25-year-old has taken 70 wickets at 26.15 in 17 Tests.
Victoria have two matches remaining in their Shield season - against Queensland and New South Wales - and despite an innings thrashing at the hands of Tasmania last start, are firm favourites to host the final.