Worcestershire have not included Gareth Andrew in their squad for this week’s County Championship match against Surrey at The Oval despite his surprise appearance in last week’s friendly against Oxford MCCU.
Andrew was expected to be out of action until the end of May after he had major surgery during the winter on a knee ligament injury.
The 28-year-old former Somerset player is making good progress and played in some of Worcestershire’s pre-season friendlies as a batsman.
He has now started bowling again and featured in the draw at Oxford as an all-rounder where he bowled 15 overs which gave Worcestershire a chance to assess his match fitness.
“Gareth is making good progress but he’s not quite there yet,” said Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes.
“We are not at the stage yet where we can say when he might be ready to play in a competitive match, but the Surrey match is certainly too early for him.”
Worcestershire do not have a second team match this week so Andrew will remain in Worcester for net bowling and to continue his rehabilitation programme.
Worcestershire have added left arm seamer Jack Shantry to the side that was beaten by Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in their championship opener for the trip to The Oval.