Inspirational all-rounder Andrew McDonald could miss Leicestershire’s Friends Life t20 Midlands derby against Derbyshire at Grace Road on Friday July 8.
The former Australia Test player has been a key figure in guiding Leicestershire into the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time since they won the Twenty20 Cup in 2006.
But McDonald damaged his left shoulder fielding in the t20 win over Yorkshire at Headingley on July 6 and Leicestershire will continue to assess his fitness. They have also not ruled out the possibility of him facing Essex in the County Championship match at Grace Road, starting on July 10.
But captain Matthew Hoggard faces a longer than expected lay-off after the wrist he injury he sustained hitting a punch-ball in training last week proved to be more serious than expected.
Leicestershire hoped that Hoggard would be fit to return to action in the Championship match against Essex at Southend on July 27. But further scans have revealed that Hoggard has suffered cartilage damage. He will be in a cast for two weeks and is likely to be out of action for between four and six weeks.
Batsman James Taylor will return to action against Derbyshire having recovered from the side injury he suffered in the win against Northamptonshire on July 3.