Leicestershire captain Matthew Hoggard is likely to be out of action for between two and three weeks after he suffered tendon damage to his right wrist hitting a punchball.
The former England swing bowler sustained the injury in training on the morning of the Friends Life t20 win over Northamptonshire at Grace Road on July 3 and a tear was revealed by scans.
Hoggard will sit out the remainder of Leicestershire’s Twenty20 Cup group matches and also the County Championship match against Essex which starts at Grace Road on July 10.
However, Hoggard is likely to be fit by July 20 when Leicestershire host Sri Lanka A at Grace Road but that is a match they intend to use to blood some of their emerging youngsters.
The return Championship match against Essex at Southend starting on July 27 has therefore been pencilled in for Hoggard’s likely comeback.
Hoggard’s absence from the first Essex match should at least help solve one selection poser for Leicestershire who are expected to include left arm seamer Harry Gurney, who has been in outstanding t20 form, in their Championship side for the first time this season.
There is better news, meanwhile, of batsman James Taylor who suffered a side strain pulling a Twenty20 six against Northamptonshire.
Scans have revealed bruising and a little bleeding, and although Taylor will miss the t20 match against Yorkshire at Headingley on July 6 he is expected to be fit to face Derbyshire at Grace Road two days later and then Essex in the Championship match that follows.