Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria expects to be sidelined for six weeks after undergoing finger surgery.
Kaneria fractured the ring finger on his right hand while playing county cricket for Essex, forcing him to return home with one month of the English domestic season remaining.
"There was a fracture in my right hand ring finger which I sustained while taking a caught and bowled chance," he told Reuters.
"I have had the surgery to set it right. Hopefully I should be bowling again after six weeks."
There appears to be little rush for Kaneria to get fit as Pakistan do not have any Tests scheduled during the final four months of 2008.
The 27-year-old has not been part of his country's one-day set up since the 2007 World Cup.
"Already Pakistan is not playing a Test series this year and we are short of cricket," he added.
"The injury has really come at a bad time."