Warwickshire all-rounder Jonathan Trott is awaiting the results of an x-ray before deciding whether he will need to return to England for treatment.
Trott, who is spending the winter playing for Otago in New Zealand domestic cricket, was forced to sit out the last match with a back strain.
He saw a doctor yesterday and was sent for an x-ray, but it is understood there is quite a waiting list for a more detailed scan.
Trott has played a leading role with bat and ball in helping Otago to the semi-finals of the State Shield (one-day) competition for the first time in a decade.
The 24-year-old is desperate to play in the game against Central Districts next Wednesday and set up a final against the strong Canterbury side the following Saturday.
"I don't get the results of the x-ray for a day or two, but I'm pretty sure I'll be OK to bat," Trott told The Post last night. "I just don't know about bowling.
"My back was very sore at first, but it's settled down a bit now. I'm pretty confident.
"I've been bowling more than I have done in England - nine or ten overs each oneday game - and I think I've let my action trail off a bit. That's probably the cause of the problem.
"That extra bowling should come in useful when I return to Warwickshire, though. I've lots more experience of bowling 'at the death' now and feel I've come on a lot. I understand my role far more.
"The batting has gone well in the one-day game, too, and people here are very excited that we've made it to the semis. It's a game I want to be a part of."
Trott is not due to return to Edgbaston until the start of April, but it is highly likely the club will request an earlier return if there is any concern about long-term damage.
Several of the club's young bowlers spent last winter playing club cricket abroad, only to return home with a series of injuries. Warwick-shire are keen to prevent any repeat and will be wary of Trott compounding any potential problem by delivering more overs.
The club are closely monitoring his fitness, though Mark Greatbatch ('flu) and Dennis Amiss (pneumonia) are also currently under the weather.