Promising leg spinner Mitchell Swepson has been rocked after learning he has suffered a neck fracture that has abruptly ended his season.
The Test hopeful enjoyed a breakthrough season after playing three T20 games against India back in December.
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He was also a member of the Test squad and returned to the Big Bash with the Brisbane Heat, before he complained of neck pain.
But scans left the spinner in shock after revealing a stress fracture in the C6 vertebrae.
Swepson has been ordered to remain inactive for six weeks until further scans to determine how to move forward with treatment.
Former Test batsman and Queensland Cricket sports medicine manager Martin Love said the 27-year-old's treatment would have to be carefully managed.
"It is certainly not a common injury with spinners for instance, and so while Australian Cricket has a great deal of information about managing stress fractures in fast bowlers, it is not quite as clear cut in Mitch's case," Love said.
"We will work closely with Mitch and Cricket Australia to manage his recovery.
"We are encouraged by the successful returns of many bowlers who have had to deal with back stress fractures during their careers so hopefully this case proves relatively straightforward."
Swepson to miss Sheffield Shield campaign
Swepson was included in the Test squad for this summer's India tour after claiming 23 wickets at 21.17 in the opening phase of the Sheffield Shield for the Bulls.
He was also named in the Australia squad to tour South Africa before that series was postponed earlier this month.
Swepson's injury means he'll miss Queensland's remaining Shield matches as well as the domestic one-day cup campaign.
"I'm trying to remain positive and will be doing everything that I can to get some games in towards the end of the season," he said.
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