Jonathan Trott missed Otago's latest State Shield (one-day) match in New Zealand with a worrying back injury.
The Warwickshire batsman has spent the winter in Dunedin as an overseas player. He has played a key part as an all-rounder for Otago in all forms of cricket, bowling more overs than at any stage in his career. The fear is that his back has been unable to sustain the increased bowling load.
He is presently unable to bat or bowl but the full extent of the problem will not be clear until after he has been examined by a doctor this morning. A scan will also be taken in the coming days and Warwickshire are keeping a keen eye on the situation.
They will be sure to act quickly if they fear long-term damage to one of their most-prized assets, though Trott is confident he will be able to complete his winter's cricket in New Zealand.
"I'm desperately keen to help Otago get to the final of the State Shield," Trott told The Post last night.
"I'd be hugely disappointed if I couldn't play my part in the semi-final against Central Districts next week.
"I'm in touch with Mark Greatbatch [Warwickshire's coach] and the expert medical team at Warwickshire on a regular basis and I'm confident I'll be fully fit for the start of the county season.
"Everyone knows how much it means for me to play for the Bears and I'm really excited by the prospect of the coming season."
Trott has quickly become an integral member of the Warwickshire team. Despite having played only two full seasons, he is firmly established as a first-choice top-order batsman while he is expected to play an increasingly important role with the ball.
He won his county cap last season and, aged only 24, could well enjoy a future at international level. Trott qualifies for England this autumn and is known to have impressed national coach Duncan Fletcher and chairman of selectors David Graveney.
In Otago's match against Northern Districts, Warwick-shire's new overseas player, Daniel Vettori, opened the batting and scored a brisk 76 as his team won by 128 runs.