Hand surgery to sideline Hoggard for up to a month

Leicestershire captain Matthew Hoggard has had an operation on a hand injury which he sustained throwing a rugby ball in training last week.

Hoggard saw a specialist on Monday April 16 and had surgery straight away to pin his left hand. He is expected to be sidelined for between three and four weeks.

“How quickly he plays will be dependent upon how quickly he heals but it’s his non-bowling hand which is a positive,” said Leicestershire coach Phil Whitticase.

It is the second time in less than a year that Hoggard has suffered a hand injury in training. Last summer the former England swing bowler required surgery after he damaged his right hand hitting a punch ball in training and was sidelined for two months.

Alex Wyatt is likely to take Hoggard’s place for this week’s County Championship second division match against Derbyshire at Derby.

Leicestershire will again be missing England Lions seamer Nathan Buck and opening batsman Will Jefferson who are still recovering from the back problems that forced them to return early from the county’s pre-season tour to Barbados.

Buck remains on course to play again by the end of the month, but Jefferson will require two to three weeks of rehabilitation after a course of injections to settle his sore back.

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