Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger has suffered a broken arm after he was hit by Derbyshire left-arm pace bowler Mark Footitt in a Royal London Cup match.
Klinger was forced to retire hurt during the match and was rushed to hospital as his side ended up losing by 53 runs.
Klinger has been ruled out for the rest of the season and will undergo surgery before returning home to Australia.
The 34-year-old will miss Gloucestershire's last two County Championship matches, which will be against Leicestershire in Bristol and Kent in Canterbury. In addition to that, he will be unavailable for Gloucestershire's Royal London Cup quarter-final against Kent on August 29 in Canterbury.
During this County season, Klinger has only made 490 runs in the County Championship at an average of 28.82. However, he has excelled in the Royal London Cup, scoring 228 runs at an average of 57 in seven matches.
Race against time
Klinger is now in a race against time to be fit for the start of the Australian domestic season, in which he will play for South Australia following his decision to leave the West End Redbacks after six years. This also means that Klinger will play for the Perth Scorchers instead of the Adelaide Strikers in this year's Big Bash League (BBL).
Klinger revealed that he decided to move to South Australia when the Redbacks told him that he would not be amongst their first-choice batsmen.
It has also been announced that Scorchers head coach Justin Langer is eager to know whether Klinger will be able to play in BBL or whether the team will have to find a replacement for him.
The veteran batsman has also repeatedly talked about his ambition to represent Australia in the 2015 World Cup, which they will be hosting along with New Zealand.
South Australia's domestic season kicks off on October 4 with a match in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup.