New South Wales quick Trent Copeland is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines after rolling his ankle in a bizarre mishap on day one of the Bupa Sheffield Shield clash against Victoria on Tuesday.
Copeland, who was named 12th man for the Bushrangers clash, suffered a grade-three ligament sprain when he tripped on an SCG step attempting to deliver a helmet to team-mate Brad Haddin.
"I'm a little bit embarrassed about it," Copeland said.
"Brad was batting in a hat at the time and they were about to call for the second new ball.
"I was running off to get a drink and a few of the boys were asking for a few different things on the stairs.
"I realised they'd taken the second newie and I had to get Hadd's helmet out to him.
"I turned around thinking I was on a flat part, but it turned out I was on the edge of a step and my left ankle collapsed around the outside of it.
"I had to get carried inside, and it was pretty painful.
"I've never been injured and never missed a game of cricket through injury.
"I've bowled a million overs and never been injured, but you have to look out for those steps."
Copeland, who was sporting a moon boot on his right foot on Wednesday, will miss three Ryobi Cup matches and one four-day clash against Queensland in Canberra starting on November 27.
"We've got two weeks of hectic cricket coming up, which I was hoping to be a part of with one-dayers and Shield, but following that we've got a Big Bash break," he said.
"I was planning to have a break anyway and recuperate and make sure I hit the ground running come the five Shield games and four one-dayers we've got after Christmas," he said.
"That doesn't change. I'll be fully fit by that time and it just gives me a bit of extra time to work with to get my ankle right and be fit and raring to go.
"I'll be fit before Christmas and make sure I hit the ground running when I get back."
Despite the disappointment of being chosen as the 12th man against the Vics, Copeland is pleased with his recent form and is adamant he will reclaim his Test spot sooner or later.
"I've had some good performances on the board this summer," he said.
"When Pup (Michael Clarke) played games with us, he was still talking about how well I was bowling and fields to set, same as we were 12 months ago (in the Sri Lanka Test series).
"Circumstances change, conditions change, different bowlers for different scenarios and guys come in to the Test set up.
"For me nothing's changed. I have no doubt given the right scenario I'll still play Test cricket, whether this summer or two years time I don't know.
"I definitely still have aspirations. Pup knows I still want to play and so would everyone else in Australian cricket.
"I was taking wickets and felt like I was bowling well up until I hurt myself."
First Posted 14 November, 2012 5:38PM AEST