Unfortunately, a number of Middlesex CCC players have sustained injuries over the last few weeks, including James Harris, Ravi Patel, Gurjit Sandhu and Ollie Wilkin. Updates on these injuries can be found below...
James Harris is continuing to have problems with his left hamstring and has been ruled out of this week’s LV= County Championship match against Surrey at Lord’s. Harris sustained the injury at Trent Bridge in Middlesex’s LV=CC match against Nottinghamshire, but was declared fit to play against Cambridge MCCU last week where he took four wickets. He also played against the Unicorns in a friendly 40-over game at Wormsley on Sunday, where he felt further discomfort and after seeing the club doctor he has been told to rest for two weeks.
Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser commented…“Everybody at the club feels sorry for James who is desperate to get his time at Middlesex off and running. But we are all confident that this is just a minor setback and that he will have a major role to play in our season as it develops. At the moment we have the fast bowling resources to cope with James’ injury and it will be great to get him back fully fit for when Steven Finn departs for England duty.”
Unfortunately Ravi Patel fell over and cracked his right wrist, which resulted in him undergoing a minor operation on 29 April to pin it. He is likely to be out of action for approximately two months.
Angus commented, “Obviously, it’s disappointing news for both Middlesex and Ravi. Ravi has worked hard during the winter and pre-season and everyone was hoping that he would be able to build on his encouraging performances at the end of last season. Ravi’s rehab means he should still be available for the second half of the season, a period when he could have an important role to play for the club.”
Gurjit Sandhu sadly tore his right hamstring severely during Middlesex’s first-class match against Cambridge MCCU last week and it is anticipated that he’ll be out of action for around six weeks.
Angus commented, “Again this is disappointing news for Gurjit, who has worked incredibly hard and made real progress in the last year. But as with Ravi he will have plenty of cricket to play once he has made a full recovery.”
Ollie Wilkin was not considered for this week’s second eleven friendly against Warwickshire at Merchant Taylors’ School after damaging his side playing club cricket for Ealing at the weekend. We’re hopeful that he’ll return to play within two weeks.
Everyone at the club would like to wish all four players a speedy recovery back to full fitness.
Full squad details for the LV= County Championship match against Surrey at Lord's Cricket Ground, starting on Thursday 2 May will be announced on Wednesday.
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