Nottinghamshire fast bowler Andy Carter has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture of the back.
The news is a blow to the Trent Bridge club as Carter – who also missed most of last season with a back problem – had been in excellent form in red and white ball cricket this season.
With Peter Siddle departing early after being called home by Australia, Notts have recruited New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin for the rest of the season.
Carter told the club’s website: “I’m very disappointed to be out injured as the team is playing extremely well at the moment and I was making a good contribution.
“I always want to play as much as I can and I’ve been managing pain in my back for a while now and strangely it felt the best it had for a long time just before the injury occurred.
“I don’t want to look too far ahead at the moment but I want to have the operation and begin my rehabilitation as soon as I can because I know that I can contribute to a successful Nottinghamshire team in the years ahead."
Nottinghamshire physio Jon Alty said: “Andrew worked exceptionally hard in the off-season to get himself fit and his form and wicket-taking saw him play more early-season matches than had been originally planned.
“We saw some early signs of the bone starting to break down and decided that he should only play white ball cricket for a while but he suffered some pain at Leicestershire and we diagnosed a stress fracture in his vertebrae.
“He’ll have an operation in the next few weeks to pin the vertebrae and the recovery will take three to six months depending on what they find.”