Surrey have re-signed Hashim Amla as a replacement for compatriot Graeme Smith, who could miss the rest of the season with another injury.
The former South Africa skipper, out for a large part of last term with an ankle problem, has a fracture in the tibial tuberosity of his right knee and will return to his homeland for surgery.
To cover the opening batsman’s absence, Hashim Amla has returned to the Kia Oval on a short-term deal.
The 31-year-old, who had a spell with the club in 2013, will be available for a month, starting with Sunday’s LV= County Championship game against Essex.
However, due to Cricket South Africa commitments, Amla cannot play against Worcestershire the following week.
Ireland international Gary Wilson will take over the captaincy from Smith at the Essex County Ground.
Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said: “Whilst it is obviously a huge blow for Graeme to be heading home, especially after his recent match-winning hundred, and with the impact he was having in the dressing room, we are very fortunate to be able to welcome back Hashim Amla for the next month.”
Wilson added: “It’s a huge honour and a privilege to be asked to captain Surrey. I can guarantee everyone I’ll be doing my best to fill the huge shoes left by Graeme’s unfortunate injury.”