Alex Gidman has spelt out his frustration at missing the climax of Worcestershire's battle to stay in Division One of the LV = County Championship.
The middle order batsman suffered a broken finger during practice ahead of the penultimate clash with Durham at the ICG Emirates.
Gidman had top-scored with an unbeaten 60 in the first innings of the previous match against Sussex at New Road.
He said: "How is the injury? It is a broken finger, a bad dislocation, perhaps worse than we thought in terms of the break when it happened.
"I have another x-ray and find out the results of that and see how it has formed over a week and then an update on the progress.
"Fingers crossed, I don't need an operation. It will be nice if it is in a good enough place to heal naturally but if that is not the case we will have to go under the knife and get it sorted.
"Is it a frustrating way for the season to end? In a way it was almost the 'icing on the cake.' A number of things haven't gone my way this season but it is what it is.
"Yes, getting injured is frustrating anytime but particularly when you are desperate to contribute to the team.
"It is more frustrating for sure particularly with something like a break which you can do nothing about.
"There is no quick recovery, no magic formula so when it happened it was really disappointing but I guess when it happened it was one of those things that is part of sport and something I just have to come to terms with and get over as quickly as possible."
*Alex will be looking back over his first season at New Road with the Worcestershire CCC website in the next few days.