Warwickshire’s pre-season preparations have been dealt a blow with the news Jim Troughton will miss the tour of Barbados.
The Bears skipper is set to undergo a back operation next week, meaning a period of rehabilitation lies ahead.
Director of cricket Dougie Brown said: “After missing the latter part of the 2013 season with an injury to his lower back, Jim has been taking a full part in the team’s pre-season programme since we returned to training in November.
“However, after suffering further discomfort it is clear that he now needs to undergo an operation.
“While it is frustrating to lose Jim for what is an important period of preparation we must give him the best possible chance of regaining full fitness as soon as possible.
“His absence will give some of our young batsmen more time in the middle while we are in Barbados and help them challenge for a place in the starting XI when the domestic season gets underway.”