Pat Brown has been ruled out of the ongoing Big Bash League season and England's limited-overs series against South Africa owing to a lower back stress fracture.
The 21-year-old seamer suffered a similar stress fracture last year as well and experienced a recurrence of back pain symptoms during his stint with Melbourne Stars in Australia's T20 competition.
Brown, who recently made his international debut for England in the five-match T20I series in New Zealand, was supposed to replace Dale Steyn for the Stars in the BBL.
His absence might pave the way for Pakistan pace sensation Haris Rauf to stage a comeback to the Melbourne-based franchise.
“It’s really disappointing for Pat. We were very excited to have him on board this season to replace Dale Steyn and it’s disappointing we won’t get to see him in action for the Stars," Trent Woodhill, the BBL side's List Manager, said.
“It’s been great having him around the group and we’ve enjoyed welcoming him into the Stars family. We wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully, we can work on seeing him in green in the future.”
With Brown set to return to the UK to undergo rehabilitation for his injury, the Stars are yet to name a replacement player for the young England quick.
He has been withdrawn from England's ODI and T20I squads for the South Africa series as the selectors will announce a replacement in due course.