Evans upbeat despite latest back injury lay-off

Northamptonshire seamer Luke Evans is to miss at least the first two months of the season with a back injury.

The former Durham player underwent surgery on a bulging disc earlier this week and will begin his rehabilitation under the supervision of Northamptonshire physiotherapist Barry Goudriaan next week. Evans is expected to be sidelined for between 10 to 12 weeks.

“We have decided to go for the direct approach to overcome his persistent back injuries,” Goudriaan said.

“He’s had the operation and will start the rehab here at the County Ground next week. We are confident Luke will make a full and speedy recovery. We are looking at a time-frame of 10-12 weeks before Luke is ready for competitive cricket. I am sure everybody wishes Luke a speedy recovery.”

Evans missed most of the first half of last season after he suffered a back injury in Northamptonshire’s opening first-class fixture at Loughborough MCCU.

The 24-year-old from Sunderland first played for Northamptonshire on loan in 2010 and joined them permanently last year in search of more regular first team cricket.

“It is a relief to know what the problem is and to know there is a solution. I’m pleased there is some light at the end of the tunnel,” Evans said.

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