Kent’s injury-blighted season is showing no signs of relenting, with the news that highly-promising 21-year-old all-rounder Matt Coles is likely to miss the next two to four weeks with a stress-related foot problem.
A scan, following the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival week, during which Coles took a County Championship 5 for 77 in the five-wicket win against Leicestershire, has confirmed a stress reaction in the second metatarsal bone of his left foot.
Coles has become an increasingly valuable and versatile member of a small Kent squad, and the county’s captain, Rob Key, last week spoke glowingly of the youngster’s recent growing maturity as a cricketer.
Kent have been bedevilled with injury so far this season but, with the exception of a shoulder complaint which is currently preventing Darren Stevens from bowling, it seemed as if the worst of things was over.
Joe Denly, Simon Cook, Robbie Joseph and Coles himself have all suffered significant time on the sidelines in the first two months of the summer, and fast bowler Dewald Nel recently left the club due to constant injury problems.
Although overseas fast bowlers Charl Langeveldt and Wahab Riaz are expected to boost Kent’s attack in the coming weeks, it is still a blow to the county to lose Coles when they have already suffered defeat in both their opening Friends Life t20 matches.
Coles, however, will be working closely with Kent’s physiotherapy team in a bid to limit the amount of time he is out of the game and Nimmo Reid, the Kent director of physiotherapy, said: “Matt has had an MRI scan, confirming a stress reaction in the second metatarsal of his left foot.
“While this injury is obviously very frustrating for Matt, it has been picked up early and therefore he should be back in two to four weeks. During this time he will be working closely with Max Ganderton, Pete Kelly and myself.”