Somerset have announced that their overseas player, Alviro Petersen, will not feature in their County Championship run-in, having returned to South Africa after a knee injury which he suffered on international duty.
The 33-year-old was injured during his side's tour of Zimbabwe, in which he struggled with the bat, with scores of 32 and 17*.
Petersen also had a miserable time in Sri Lanka, in which he scored 68 runs in four innings with an average of just 17.
The Port Elizabeth-born right-hander has been Somerset's main overseas player in the past two seasons, but is unlikely to return in 2015.
Petersen was drafted in due to his working relationship with Director of Cricket Dave Nosworthy, a fellow South African, but, as Nosworthy recently stood down, another overseas recruit will come next season.
The batsman's record for Somerset is good, but hardly ground-breaking, with 1163 first-class runs in 17 matches, at an average of 43.
Nosworthy commented: "We took the stance at the time to try to assist him in his recovery, in the hope that he would be able to return and play in our last two County Championship games. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, this has not been the case."
Somerset's final two fixtures this season are against Middlesex at home and then at Headingley against Yorkshire, who will be looking to secure the title in their final game.
After last week's draw with Northamptonshire, Somerset's title hopes were mathematically wiped out, although that they will finish in a respectable mid-table position is cause for hope, after last year's disastrous campaign when relegation was a threat heading into the final game.
Petersen commented on his return: "Somerset is a fantastic club, and I am sorry to be going back [to South Africa] but given my circumstances, I think it is the best thing for me to be doing."
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