England opener Haseeb Hameed will play no further part in the tour to India with skipper Alastair Cook revealing the teenager will return to England for surgery.
Hameed played through the injury as he was England's shining light on a dark day in the third Test in Mohali, scoring an unbeaten 59 when the tourists were bowled out for 236.
Cook told Sky Sports: "Unfortunately, he's got to go home and have a plate put in his hand, it's pretty bad.
"It's a real testament to his courage, and I've no doubt we'll see him again in an England shirt."
Hameed had an x-ray on the hand while the Test was still on the go, with the results sent to specialists in England who advised the surgery.
The young Lancashire batsman has made a terrific start to Test cricket, impressing many with his temperament and application and has scored to fifties already for England.
Within England's touring party Ben Duckett would be the logical choice to replace Hameed but he was dropped after poor form coming in at number four, England's only other batsmen in the squad is Gary Ballance who would only get a game if Joe Root opened.
England have not ruled out calling up another batsmen in which case former opener Alex Hales could return but it is more likely that the selectors would opt for young openers like Keaton Jennings or Nick Gubbins or Tom Westley who are currently in the England Lions squad.