Veteran Somerset star Andy Caddick is to undergo back surgery to correct an ongoing problem with a bulging thoracic disc in his spine.
Caddick, whose 75 wickets last season played a huge part in his county's promotion to Division One of the County Championship, is due to go under the knife later this month.
Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose said he was confident that the 39-year-old paceman would recover fully in time to rejoin the bowling attack at the start of next season.
"We do not think this is a major problem and wish him well," Rose told the Somerset County Gazette.
"Andy has shown he is pretty fit by his performances for us over the years so we expect him to make a full recovery and are confident he will be back with us ready for the start of the 2008 season."
Meanwhile, Caddick's team-mate, batsman Marcus Trescothick, who has also undergone surgery, said that his recovery from last month's operation on his foot was on track.
He said: "My rehabilitation is going really well. I am back to 80% of my normal training routine.
"I can't do the impact stuff again yet, but I can certainly do more than enough to keep myself fit."