A broken bone in his left forearm has forced New Zealand captain Ross Taylor out of the final Test against South Africa as his team struggled for survival on Monday.
New Zealand were all out for 275, avoiding the follow-on by just one run after South Africa made 474-9 declared in their first innings.
Taylor was on 18 when he was struck by a rising ball from Morne Morkel and rushed to hospital.
"An x-ray confirmed that Ross Taylor has a fracture of the ulna bone of his left forearm," New Zealand Cricket's medical director Ian Murphy said.
It was unclear how long Taylor would be sidelined with Murphy saying the skipper would see an orthopaedic surgeon "to determine the best course of action and length of time out of the game".
Taylor is scheduled to play for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League starting next month, and New Zealand's next commitment after the South African series is a West Indies tour starting in late June.
After he was hit, Taylor attempted to continue and hit the next delivery from Dale Steyn for a single before saying he could not carry on and being taken to hospital.