Leicestershire are likely to be without their England Lions pace bowler Nathan Buck for up to two months because of a stress fracture of the ankle.
The 20-year-old from Ashby-de-la-Zouch took 49 County Championship wickets last year in his first full season in county cricket but he has struggled to recapture that form this year.
Buck played for England Lions on their tour of the West Indies in February and March having originally been called up as a temporary replacement.
But Buck stayed for the entire trip after Essex paceman Maurice Chambers was forced to return home early through injury, which meant that he had little opportunity to rest and recuperate before the start of the domestic season.
Leicestershire were initially concerned that Buck, who has taken only nine wickets in five matches, was falling away in his action but, having visited a specialist over the weekend, a more serious problem has been identified and a lengthy period of rest recommended.
Buck’s absence is a blow for Leicestershire but it may well give opportunities to left-arm seamer Harry Gurney who is out of contract at the end of the season and attracting the interest of other counties.
Meanwhile, Leicestershire have agreed terms with India all-rounder Irfan Pathan to play for them as an overseas player in this season’s Friends Life t20.
Leicestershire have been in contract talks with Pathan for several weeks but there are still hurdles to be overcome before he can play for them. Pathan needs a certificate of no objection from the Board of Control for Cricket in India to play county cricket and it also takes around two weeks to process the necessary paperwork for a work permit.