South Africa fast bowler Wayne Parnell admits he is disappointed to be ruled out of the Indian Premier League after picking up a groin injury.
The 20-year-old suffered the injury while training with his franchise, the Delhi Daredevils, and faces a race against time to be fit for the ICC World Twenty20.
The doubt surrounding Parnell, who was signed for £410,000 by Delhi during this year's IPL auction, is another setback for the Proteas ahead of the Caribbean competition which begins in April.
Captain Graeme Smith is currently sidelined with a finger injury, while Justin Kemp is recovering from a back problem, with both players included in the 18-man shortlist for the tournament.
"I had so much expectation about the IPL," Carnell told the Cape Times.
"I obviously wanted to play and I'm really disappointed to have not even played one game.
"The IPL is an international event so it would have been great preparation for the T20 World championships."
The left-armer was one of South Africa's key players at the 2009 event, while he was also the top wicket-taker in last year's Champions Trophy.
National coach Corrie van Zyl, while conceding that Parnell's injury is "fairly serious", insists he is waiting for a final verdict from his medical team before making any further comment.
"Wayne will see a specialist in Port Elizabeth as soon as he lands to assess the injury," said Van Zyl.
"I do know it is fairly serious but I cannot comment further until I receive a prognosis from the specialist."