Ellyse Perry, one of Australia's 2013 World Cup winning heroines, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in her left ankle following her return from the tournament in India.
She missed the Super Six matches against England, Sri Lanka and the West Indies but returned to take three wickets in the final to bowl her side to a convincing 114-run win.
She now faces up to three months out of the game although she should be fit for selection ahead of the Ashes Test against England in August.
"Ellyse underwent further investigations on her return to Sydney after the ICC Women’s World Cup, which revealed a stress fracture in her distal left tibia," Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said.
"After consultation with a specialist orthopaedic surgeon Ellyse will not require surgical intervention but instead will enter a period of rehabilitation that should see her make a return to sport in around 10-12 weeks."
Perry, who also plays international football for Australia, has featured in three Tests, 54 One-Day Internationals and 44 Twenty20 Internationals for her country, winning the 2010 and 2012 ICC Women's World Twenty20 competitions as well as the 2013 World Cup.
© Cricket World 2013
Open an account with bet365 today and qualify for up to £200 in free bets with our fantastic 100% Deposit Bonus.