MITCH Marsh's summer from hell has delivered one final blow.
The maligned all-rounder has been in and out of the Test team, bore the brunt of criticism of the team and soldiered on with a troublesome injury to his right shoulder.
It appears that bravery has come back to bite the 25-year-old, with reports indicating that he requires a full shoulder reconstruction and potentially a lengthy nine-month rehabilitation.
The West Australian reported on Monday the shoulder injury was worse than first feared and will required serious surgery to allow him to play again, with Marsh to see a specialist in Melbourne this week.
While Marsh had already flown home from the India tour, such a lengthy rehabilitation process would not only rule him out of the Champions Trophy in June but also put his availability for next summer's Ashes series in serious doubt.
The Ashes begins at the Gabba on November 23, while Marsh could be available until mid-to-late December.
Marsh struggled with the shoulder injury throughout the summer, but his pace had dipped noticeably in recent weeks and he was only called on to bowl five overs across the opening two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar series.
"We have been managing (it) up until now but unfortunately it has progressively deteriorated to a point where he is unable to function at the level required," Australian team physiotherapist David Beakley said after Marsh was ruled out of the series.
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