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Pucovski's Ashes hopes dashed: Rogers

Will Pucovski will miss more cricket for Victoria due to his concussion issues. (AAP)

Victoria coach Chris Rogers concedes Will Pucovski's hopes of playing any role in this summer's Ashes series are shot as the young batting star continues to suffer concussion symptoms.

Pucovski is unavailable for the Sheffield Shield clash with NSW starting at the SCG on Friday and may not return at any level of cricket until after Christmas.

The 23-year-old's ongoing absence and the lack of clarity around his return date come after he suffered his 10th concussion during a pre-season training session on October 5.

Pucovski has not played a competitive match since injuring a shoulder during his Test debut against India in January.

"I can't say that (he won't play in the Ashes series) but equally I can't see how he can now get the opportunity to show that he's ready to go to play in the Test matches," Rogers said.

"To be playing club cricket and to be picked out of club cricket, I'd probably be pretty surprised, as a lot of people would.

"I think even Will understands that as well.

"I don't have a crystal ball with that but I think it's probably going to be challenging for him to play Test cricket this summer."

Rogers said Pucovski is unlikely to play in the BBL and will look to return with club side Melbourne, however, a date for his comeback has not been settled.

Pucovski's exact comeback route is "really up to him".

"We'll give him some time now - there's a bit of a break after this (Shield) game - and we can look into how we perhaps support him through and almost get him ready for the block after the BBL," Rogers said.

"He didn't really even do a pre-season with Victoria after coming back from the shoulder (injury), so maybe this is the right way to go about it."

Rogers said there is no greater concern around Pucovski's latest concussion compared to previous instances, despite the lingering symptoms.

"(Our medical team) keep saying his history is actually that it takes him quite a long time to recover from a few of these blows," Rogers said.

"If anything, the time to recover has been getting shorter and shorter, (but) this one has just probably lasted a little bit longer again.

"We're trusting our medical team and Will to make the right decision."

Victoria will also be without incumbent Test opener Marcus Harris and Ashes hopefuls Scott Boland and Nic Maddinson against NSW because of national duty.

Former Test spinner Jon Holland will not play because of the imminent arrival of his first child.

Fast bowlers Brody Couch and Xavier Crone have been included in Victoria's squad and are in line to make their Shield debuts, while fiery quick James Pattinson is available after serving his suspension in the one-day competition.

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