Riki Wessels will remain sidelined for the rest of Notts outlaws' Friends Life t20 group matches having undergone corrective surgery on a broken finger.
Wessels sustained the injur during the warm-up for the LV= County Championship game against Surrey last week but he is hopeful of a swift return.
“They have said there will have to be a wire in it for up to four weeks but I am pushing to be back in about 2 and half weeks,” said Wessels.
“That should be in time for the potential t20 quarter-final but there is a lot of hard graft before then."
Wessels is sure the Outlaws can perform over the coming weeks in a time which sees four out of the five games staged at home.
“The boys love playing in front of a home crowd and it is always nice to have a few family and friends at the game." Riki Wessels
“The boys love playing in front of a home crowd and it is always nice to have a few family and friends at the game," he said.
“Trent Bridge is a fantastic ground to play at and we see that as one of our strengths as we play here and do quite well.”
The next visitors are Durham, a team Wessels is keen not to underestimate despite them being bottom of the table.
“They are a very dangerous side shown by the 200 they managed to score the other week which is not easy to do in a t20 game.
“The wickets we play on here will show how dangerous Durham can be with Mustard and Stoneman in their batting line-up.”
The game starts a run of five matches in ten days which will determine the qualifiers for the knock-out stages. Momentum will be important throughout and the Outlaws will want to return to winning ways after a loss in their last outing.
“Last Friday night against Leicestershire was a bit tough coming off the back of a Championship game," said Wessels.
“We spent a lot of time in the field trying to win a four-day game but that wasn’t an excuse and the boys wouldn’t accept that.
“It obviously plays a part and now we are back on the road before the five t20’s and it will be a tough workload for the bowlers to get through.
“As for momentum, t20 is like that because if you lose you can keep losing but if you are winning that train can keep rolling. It can be quite funny because you go out there every game and do very little different but the result could change.
“We have won 11 out of 13 white-ball games so we should have momentum and losing to Leicester was a bit of a blip."
The Outlaws currently top the North Group and more positive results will strengthen their claim for a home quarter-final.
“If we keep winning I can’t see why we won’t be there in the quarter-finals," said Wessels.
“We have five games left and four of them at home so it would be good to win all of them. If that happened, you would have to do pretty badly to win eight from ten and not get a home quarter. "
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Notts Outlaws Friends Life t20 matches at Trent Bridge
Friday 19 July Vs Durham Dynamos - 6pm TICKETS
Tuesday 23 July Vs Derbyshire Falcons - 6.30pm TICKETS
Friday 26 July Vs Yorkshire Vikings - 6pm TICKETS
Sunday 28 July Vs Lancashire Lightning - 2.40pm TICKETS
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