Essex are facing a fast-bowling crisis ahead of their next County Championship game against Gloucestershire which starts on Sunday in Bristol.
The Chelmsford-based club have just three fit pacemen available for their Division Two fixture, a concern that influenced their tactics during the recent drawn match against Surrey.
Head coach Paul Grayson told the Essex Chronicle: "At the moment we have only got three fit fast bowlers on the staff.
"Reece Topley, Saj Mahmood and Matt Salisbury are all injured although Reece is making progress from his stress fracture injury and the target is for him to be fit for the opening NatWest T20 game at Lord's next month."
Going into their next four-day game, Grayson must rely on David Masters, Tymal Mills and Graham Napier to lead the bowling attack.
And the shortage of injury-free fast bowlers meant they opted not to declare their second innings at The Oval on Wednesday.
Looking ahead to the match against Gloucestershire, Grayson added: "It will be the same team that played against Surrey.
"We have a few niggles and injuries amongst the squad at the moment and our resources are getting a little bit stretched."