Warwickshire hope that captain Jim Troughton will be back in action for next week’s County Championship match against Worcestershire after he was ruled out of the current match against Lancashire with a shoulder injury.
The former England one-day international batsman fell awkwardly trying to take a catch in the Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Scotland on May 2 and was sent for a scan when his shoulder seized up overnight.
Though the scan revealed no serious damage there was sufficient bruising for Troughton to be ruled out of the Lancashire game, with Ian Bell taking charge of Warwickshire in a Championship match for the first time.
Bell captained Warwickshire in their last three CB40 matches of last season, including in the final against Somerset at Lord’s.
Meanwhile Warwickshire slow left-armer Ant Botha has had surgery on the knee cartilage injury he sustained fielding in last week’s CB40 defeat by Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
Botha suffered only a small tear to the cartilage and is optimistic of being back in action when Warwickshire begin their Twenty20 Cup campaign in early June.
All-rounder Neil Carter, who has yet to play this season because of a pelvic condition, also remains on course to return to action in the Friends Life t20 but he is unlikely to reappear in the CB40 before then.