New Zealand has suffered another injury blow ahead of the third and final ODI against South Africa on Wednesday.

The Black caps need a win to hang on to the world No. 3 ranking, but will have to try to do so without all rounder Jimmy Neesham, after was ruled out with a persistent back injury.

Neesham also missed the eight wicket win over the Proteas on Sunday with the injury.

It is a major concern for the 24-year-old, after he spent six months on the sidelines earlier this year recovering from stress fractures in his back.

Neesham joins Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Trent Boult and Tim Southee on the sidelines through injury or unavailability.