JP Duminy's stay in Australia has come to an abrupt end after scans confirmed the South African batsman suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon in a training accident at the Gabba on Friday.
With South Africa in a dominant position of 2-255 at stumps on day one against Australia in Brisbane, Duminy was being put through his paces during a warm-down when he appeared to roll his ankle while his team-mates played a game of rugby.
Duminy was rushed to a Brisbane hospital following the incident and MRI scans have now confirmed the tourists' worst fears, with the 28-year-old ruled out for the remainder of three-Test series against Australia.
The left-handed batsman will undergo surgery to re-attach the damaged Achilles' tendon on Saturday before returning home to South Africa.
"At first assessment JP said he heard a loud clicking sound and it felt like he had been hit by an object," said team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee.
"The diagnosis of an Achilles' tendon rupture was confirmed by the MRI scan this evening and he will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning.
"Injuries of this nature are caused by a sudden contraction against the direction of movement by the calf muscle as was the case during his sprint.
"We will only be able to gauge further down the line on an expected recovery date, but injuries of this nature have been known to take up to at least six months before the player can resume playing cricket.
"He is obviously disappointed, but JP, being JP, is trying his best to stay positive, he says everything happens for a reason."With Duminy absent, 12th man Francois du Plessis will continue in the field for the rest of the first Test, while a replacement for the remainder of the series is expected to be named in the coming days.