The New Zealand cricket all-rounder Jacob Oram will have surgery on his injured knee next week after an MRI scan showed damage to his patella tendon.
Oram had problems with the same knee before April's ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean and then injured the knee again during July's pre-tour camp in Darwin.
It was hoped the injury could be managed conservatively but it got worse during the recent tour of Sri Lanka.
It's not yet known how long Oram will be out but he won't be available for the Central Stags in next months Champions League.
The 32-year-old says he's gutted to miss the Champions League with the Stags, but he's thankful the medical specialist has found the problem now so they can get the right plans in place to get it right.
He says he's been told that he should be realistically targeting the Pakistan homes series at the end of the year.