Australian Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett is set to miss the Northern Quad Series through injury.
During a practice match on Thursday, Bassett sustained a minor fracture to her left forearm and will spend six weeks in a splint.
However, she won't be returning home and will maintain her position of captain of the touring team.
Giants Netball fans won't need to worry though as the 30-year-old is expected to be recovered in time to play the Suncorp Super Netball season opener rolls around.
Coach Lisa Alexander is disappointed to see Bassett miss the test series but is confident in the depth of the current team.
“We are upset for Caitlin, and to have her miss this series isn’t ideal, but we’re prepared for situations such as this and I’m confident the team we have playing on Sunday, and for the rest of the series, has what it takes to remain on track throughout this tournament,” she said.
Giants Netball goalkeeper Kiera Austin will come into the Diamonds squad to replace Bassett and is set to join the team on Sunday.
“Kiera was an invitee to our Diamonds squad camp in September and we were very impressed with her performance at this camp, so we’re delighted to have her joining the team for the remainder of this tour,” Alexander said.
Catch the Diamonds on 9Gem when they take on the South Africa SPAR Proteas in Liverpool on Monday 14 January at 2:15am AEDT.