Sydney: Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee is `shattered` by his latest injury but he could return to the side by June, team physio Alex Kountouris says.
The 33-year-old paceman broke down with a strain of the pronator teres muscle in his right forearm during Tuesday`s World Twenty20 warm-up game against Zimbabwe in St Lucia.
`He was very disappointed, gutted,` Kountouris was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Lee will be replaced by Ryan Harris who is preparing to board a flight from Brisbane to the Caribbean.
Lee heads to Sydney for more scans to assess his recovery time, which Kountouris says could be five weeks.
`If he wants to come back from this he can,` Kountouris says.
`The common factor (in Lee`s injuries) is he has got to come back and he has got to do something that is very difficult to do at the best of times and he`s trying to do it with a body that is being rehabilitated.`
`It`s whether he wants to keep doing it and so far he has It`s (injury) serious enough to send him home, but I think as a long-term injury it shouldn`t be that serious,` he said.
Lee hasn`t represented Australia since a one-day game against India in October 2009.
His past two Australian summers have been ruined by ankle and elbow surgery. He also failed to play a Test on the 2009 Ashes tour after suffering a side strain and has since retired from the five-day game.
He was unable to complete his Indian Premier League this year because of a fractured thumb.