Steve Smith is hopeful his elbow injury will only be a one-week issue after he was ruled out of NSW's Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria.
Both Smith and Mitchell Starc will miss the Bankstown Oval match starting on Thursday after Starc withdrew following the death of his father.
Smith has battled elbow soreness for six weeks and that has worsened in recent days, prompting the call to pull him out of the Shield match.
The 31-year-old revealed last week he did not pick up a bat for almost a month to try and fix the issue, during the break since the Test series against India.
"I have had some pain in my elbow that's gradually worsened since the Test against India at the SCG and it requires some rest and rehab," Smith said.
"I am hoping I will be right to travel with the Blues to Adelaide for our games down there next week but we will have to see how it responds to treatment."
Smith has missed games in England in the past two winters through concussions but has otherwise rarely sat out matches.
He attempted to train on Tuesday but experienced severe discomfort, however, the good news is at least this is in the opposite elbow to the one that required surgery in 2019.
"He tried to have a hit yesterday and he was just in uncomfortable pain," spinner Nathan Lyon said.
"Talking to him just before he says that he's struggling to hold the bat.
"Knowing Steve Smith the way I do, for him to miss a game of cricket when we don't have much on, I think it must be pretty sore or irritating."
Meanwhile, Lyon threw his support behind his close mate Starc, who sat out internationals at the start of the summer with his father Paul battling cancer.
Starc's wife Alyssa Healy was ruled out of NSW's WNCL clash with Tasmania earlier on Wednesday.
"It's very sad, sad news and all our thoughts and prayers are going to Mitch and his family," Lyon said.
"It's a tough time from Mitch but he knows that he's got all our love and support."
NSW will at least have Pat Cummins back with Josh Hazlewood this time being rested.
Victoria will have Marcus Harris and James Pattinson at their disposal.
In other Shield news Travis Head will make his red-ball return for South Australia against Western Australia, as he begins his push to win back his Test spot.