Leicestershire’s former England one-day international wicketkeeper Paul Nixon faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the new season.
Nixon, now playing mainly as a specialist batsman, suffered a knee injury in training at Grace Road last week and he is due to undergo exploratory surgery tomorrow (March 16).
The Cumbrian is expected to be out of action for between four and six weeks but Leicestershire hope that by utilising the rehabilitation facilities available at sporting neighbours Leicester Tigers rugby club, that he might be sidelined for only a month.
Leicestershire will know better after the operation the extent of the injury but Leicestershire fear that Nixon may have damaged a cartilage in his left knee.
Last year Nixon made more than 900 County Championship runs in his new role while Tom New replaced him as wicketkeeper in four-day cricket. His consistent form persuaded Leicestershire to offer their former captain a contract extension for the forthcoming season.
Nixon has just four weeks to recover from the operation if he is to play in Leicestershire’s opening Championship match of the season against Glamorgan at Grace Road which starts on April 8.
Meanwhile, former South Africa slow left-armer Claude Henderson’s return to Leicestershire has been delayed until the weekend.
Henderson is again spending the winter playing for the Cape Cobras who have reached the final of South Africa’s Standard Bank Pro20 competition. They face the Warriors in the title showdown on March 18.