Hoggard to see specialist about hand injury

Leicestershire captain Matthew Hoggard is to see a specialist to establish the seriousness of a hand injury he sustained in training last week.

The former England swing bowler damaged his left hand attempting to catch a rugby ball but Leicestershire are uncertain whether it will rule him out of this week’s second division County Championship match at Derby.

“Matthew is to see a specialist,” said head coach Phil Whitticase. “He will assess the damage and we will take things from there.”

Last year Hoggard spent almost two months out of action with a broken wrist sustained hitting a punch ball though he returned to action in time to captain Leicestershire to the Friends Life t20 title.

Leicestershire are already missing England Lions seamer Nathan Buck and opening batsman Will Jefferson because of back injuries.

Jefferson has had injections in an attempt to cure a disc problem but he will not be fit to face Derbyshire this week. Jefferson and Buck were both forced to return home early from Leicestershire’s pre-season tour to Barbados.

Meanwhile Buck has ended speculation about his immediate future by signing a 12-month contract extension along with batsman Greg Smith, another product of the county’s successful youth system.

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