England one-day international all-rounder Chris Woakes is to seek a second opinion on the ankle injury that will force him to miss the start of the new domestic season.
Woakes sustained the injury when he caught his spikes in the turf fielding against Yorkshire in a pre-season tournament in Barbados last week.
It was initially feared that Woakes had broken the ankle but X-rays taken in the Caribbean showed only ligament damage.
The first prognosis was that Woakes would be out of action for three months but scans taken when he returned to Birmingham on March 28 suggest that the injury is not as bad as Warwickshire feared and he might be sidelined for only six weeks.
Woakes has now been referred to the ECB who are arranging an appointment with a specialist in an attempt to accurately assess how much cricket he will miss.
“At the moment we are guessing a bit,” said Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles. “At first we thought that Chris would be out for three months but the scans were more optimistic. He’s now going for a second opinion which will give us a better idea of when he might play again.”
There is better news of former England wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose who is set to play in Warwickshire’s two-day friendly against Derbyshire at Derby which starts on Sunday April 1.
Ambrose had major surgery on a persistent hip problem during the winter but eased himself back into action during the trip to Barbados.
The Derbyshire match is likely to prove Ambrose with a more searching test of his fitness and determine whether he might be able to play in Warwickshire’s County Championship opener against Somerset at Edgbaston on April 12.