Hoggard told he needs keyhole surgery on shoulder

Leicestershire captain Matthew Hoggard is to undergo surgery on his left shoulder when he returns from a stint commentating on the India v England one-day international series.

Hoggard, 34, sustained the injury in the recent Champions League qualifying tournament in Hyderabad when he fell awkwardly fielding in their opening match against Trinidad & Tobago.

The former Yorkshire and England swing bowler missed Leicestershire’s second match against Sri Lankan side Ruhunu.

It has now been decided that Hoggard will have keyhole surgery when he returns from his broadcasting commitments to repair the damage.  Having the operation so early in the close season will give Hoggard plenty of opportunity to make a full recovery for next season.

Meanwhile Leicestershire have rearranged their annual  Awards Evening for November 10 in the Charles Palmer Suite at Grace Road.

The event was scheduled to take place on the evening of the final day of the season but was postponed to allow the team to make an early departure for the Champions League.

Leicestershire qualified for the global event by winning the Friends Life t20 at Edgbaston in August, a success that will be celebrated at the Awards Evening. There will be less for Leicestershire to celebrate in four-day cricket, however, having finished as County Championship wooden spoonists for the second time in three seasons.

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