Shreck and Hales On The Mend

Featured News | 16th October 2009

Notts duo Alex Hales and Charlie Shreck hope to make full recoveries in time for the start of the 2010 season after undergoing surgeries to address their injuries.

Shreck was limited to just two limited overs appearances in 2009 and his bowling was hampered by the shoulder and knee injuries which he carried through the season. Hales suffered an almost identical shoulder tear in constructing his unbeaten 150 against Worcestershire in August.

“The shoulder injury affected my throwing more than my bowling but I had to play through the pain barrier at times during the season,” said Shreck.

“As a bowler in first class cricket, you have to accept that and get through it but it leads to a drop in performance and I wasn’t bowling as well as I know I can.

“I suffered a slap tear in my right shoulder and the operation will lift the shoulder capsule which had dropped as a result of the tear.”

Shreck has already had surgery to reconstruct his anterior cruciate ligament using tendon from his hamstring.

“My shoulder will be operated on in two weeks time because I would have struggled to use crutches if I’d have had both procedures at the same time,” he said.

“If everything goes to plan then I’ll be ready to play when the season begins in April.”

Hales signed a new three year contract at Trent Bridge earlier this month and has been told by Mick Newell that he’ll begin next season in contention for a place in Nottinghamshire’s opening pair in four day cricket.

“I had a keyhole procedure to repair the tear last week and I’ve been told to rest for a week before I return to Trent Bridge and begin the rehabilitation,” said Hales.

“It’s important that I begin to mobilise it as soon as possible and build the muscles in the shoulder.”

Akhil Patel has also had a routine surgery to clear out his knee.

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Alex Hales

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