Australia fast bowler John Hastings will miss the remainder of the County Championship season for Worcestershire after sustaining a foot injury.
The 31-year-old suffered the blow during the recently concluded clash against Sussex in Worcester which his team went on to lose by nine wickets.
Hastings bowled 19 overs in the first innings but did not come to bowl in the second. He later underwent a scan and has returned back to Australia to undergo rehabilitation.
The news was confirmed by Worcestershire Head of Medicine and Science Ben Davies.
"John reported that he had got a sore foot after bowling in the first innings against Sussex," said Davies.
"We sent him for an MRI scan which shows some inflammation through the foot and some stress through a certain bone in his foot.
"Cricket Australia want him to return back to Australia to do some rehab and potentially get him fit as quickly as they can."
Director of Cricket at Worcestershire Steve Rhodes said the club will seek for an overseas replacement for the remainder of the campaign.
"These things happen, it's happened before to us with injuries, it's a thing that is out of our control.
"Cricket Australia have got International cricket coming up. They want John back in their care and will be hoping to get him fit and available for selection.
"That is the reason they have pulled him out of our squad. If we had got him back fit, it might have been for the last two or three Championship games, but sadly he has got to go back.
"Will we sign a replacement? A club like us are always looking to fill the full quota of overseas players and we will certainly be trying.
"Whether we achieve that we don't know, but we are certainly looking into alternative plans."
Hastings has picked a total of 19 wickets from six matches this season for the club.
Worcestershire are positioned second in the points table of Division Two with 149 points from 10 matches.
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