Middlesex captain Adam Voges will miss next week’s County Championship match against Nottinghamshire as he recovers from concussion.
The Australia Test batsman suffered a freak head injury while standing in the slips on the first day of the drawn game against Hampshire last Sunday.
As he focused on setting the field, he turned his back on a throw from the boundary by substitute fieldier Ollie Rayner and was hit by the ball.
Voges took no further part in the Hampshire game and has already been ruled out of the match against Nottinghamshire, his former club, but is expected to be cleared for the London derby against Surrey a week on Sunday.
“It is a great shame,” said Richard Scott, Middlesex’s head coach.
“He is a great leader, he inspires people and we miss his quality in the middle order.
“I was really proud of our boys [against Hampshire] in the light of what happened to Adam. We were one man down, our captain and one of the best batsmen in the world. I asked them for extra effort and they gave it to me.”