SYDNEY (Agencies) - Tim Nielsen says Brett Lee won't be rushed back into one-day cricket too quickly during the Pakistan series starting in Dubai on April 22. Lee, who broke down in December in the Melbourne Test against South Africa with foot and ankle injuries, is in Port Elizabeth training with his Indian Premier League side Kings XI Punjab ahead of the IPL's five-week season which starts in Cape Town on April 18. However, since Lee has been selected in Australia's squad for the Pakistan series, he's expected to link-up with the national squad when it flies out of Johannesburg on April 18 following the fifth and final ODI match against the Proteas at Wanderers Stadium. "We're looking forward to him coming to Dubai," Australian coach Nielsen said. "We'll take the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with him and see how he's going and make sure we understand where he's at with his bowling and how he's going with his body. "I'm just pleased they picked him to play for us. We want our best players around playing for us whenever possible. "But we can't afford to rush him back either. We need the best plan of attack on his rehab and making sure his body is right before he starts trying to bowl flat out for Australia again. "We need to be patient and give him the time to work through what he has got to do, bowling properly and going flat out again versus the impatience of wanting him back around the group and looking forward to having a quality bowler back. "We understand where we're at with it. He's pretty comfortable and pleased to be over here bowling in the sun and getting outside. "Our physio Alex Kountouris will have a chat with their physios (Kings XI Punjab)." Lee is planning to play a key role in Australia's Ashes defence in July, although the inexperienced pairing of Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus provided solid back-up for Mitchell Johnson in Australia's 2-1 Test triumph in South Africa last month. The return of new-ball bowler Stuart Clark from an elbow complaint could squeeze medium-pacer Andrew McDonald out of the Test side, and 76-Test veteran Lee is potentially part of a four-man pace attack alongside Johnson, Clark and Siddle. Lee's ODI squad call-up has come at a cost to his hip pocket. The 32-year-old NSW paceman is expected to be rested from the early matches of the five-game series against Pakistan. Lee could have picked up $1.27 million for a five-week IPL stint in South Africa, but his national recall has meant the most he can earn with a late dash to South Africa is up to $572,000 over the same period. While Australia hope to have Lee and Clark fit and firing again for the first Ashes Test in July, another paceman has gone down with one-day bowler Brett Geeves fracturing his left foot. Geeves, 26, was recalled to the side for Thursday's third one-day international against South Africa in Cape Town and took 1-67 off his 10 overs and scored 10 not out. Australia lost by 25 runs to fall behind 2-1 in the five-match series and Geeves ended with innings with a runner. He'll miss the Pakistan series. "He'll return to see a specialist in Australia for a further opinion on the best course of management," Kountouris said. A team spokesman said selectors would advise "in due course" on a replacement for the paceman in the squad to play Pakistan. Queenslander Ben Laughlin, who is playing in his debut ODI series, is set to come back into the side for Monday's must-win fourth game in Port Elizabeth.