Nixon optimistic of winning fitness battle

Leicestershire expect former England one-day international batsman Paul Nixon to be fit to face Glamorgan in the County Championship second division opener against Glamorgan at Grace Road, starting on April 8.

Nixon underwent surgery on a knee cartilage injury, which he sustained in pre-season training, barely a month ago.

But the former wicketkeeper, who now plays as a specialist batsman, started netting last week and went a long way to proving his fitness by making a half century in an inter-squad match.

“Paul also did some fielding work and was moving really well. I’m pretty optimistic that he will be fully fit for Friday,” said Leicestershire head coach Phil Whitticase.

Leicestershire have put batsman Greg Smith, who finished last season strongly, on stand-by in case Nixon suffers an adverse reaction to his exertions.

Smith made a half-century for Durham MCCU in their first-class match against Durham at the Racecourse ground which began on April 3.

Batsman Matt Boyce has a back problem but is expected to be fit to face Glamorgan and seamer Harry Gurney is also likely to be in the frame having recovered from a slight hamstring problems which was detected early by Leicestershire’s medical staff.

The major injury doubt remains former Derbyshire all-rounder Wayne White, who is still struggling to overcome a side strain which he suffered in pre-season training.

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