Pat Cummins has described the back injury that has ruled him out of the Australian summer as 'the worst case scenario'.
The 19-year-old paceman suffered a stress fracture of the lower back and will miss at least four months of cricket.
It is yet another tough break for the teenager, who also missed last season with a foot injury, but he is determined not to let it get him down.
Cummins told journalists at Sydney Airport that while his injury is a setback, he has still got time on his side.
"I was just really looking forward to getting back to the red balls," Cummins said.
"I guess it's disappointing that that's probably not on the horizon now ... but hopefully I'll be back soon."
It is not unusual for fast bowlers to suffer from various injuries early on in their careers and Cummins has taken heart from those before him, particularly Brett Lee, who got through similar problems.
"There's a whole string of fast bowlers who were pushing the 140/150km barrier at 18, 19 or 20 years old and none of them went through unscathed," he said.
"They all had a string of injuries over a few years and obviously came out the other side.
"So I'm not too fussed, I'd love to be playing but I realise it's not a rare thing to occur."
A thorough rehabilitation program still needs to be worked out for Cummins over the next few months, but he indicated he hopes to be fit for next year's Ashes series starting in July.
"We'll map out a plan, but I think it's pretty much just rest," Cummins said.
"Hopefully in a few weeks I can start running or batting again, but other than that I'm not too sure - just gym work and trying to stay fit."
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First Posted 02 November, 2012 9:04PM AEST