Somerset are unsure when Craig Kieswetter will be able to return after he suffered serious facial injuries against Northants that will require surgery.
Kieswetter suffered a fractured cheekbone and broken nose on the opening day of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Northamptonshire.
The wicket-keeper, who posted a grisly photograph of his injuries on Twitter, was hurt in a freak incident when a delivery from David Willey went straight through the visor on his helmet.
He had a scan on Sunday and confirmed on Monday that he would have to go under the knife.
"Injury update: broken nose and a fractured orbital socket. Surgery is required but thankfully no lasting damage to the eye," he said.
Kieswetter has been in fantastic form this season in four-day and Twenty20 cricket where he is the second-highest run scorer on 497, behind only Surrey's Jason Roy.
“Craig is in very safe and capable hands at this time,” Somerset director of cricket Dave Nosworthy said.
“These freak cricketing accidents happen from time to time and I am confident, with the right care, that he will come through this setback."