Luke Fletcher is set to make a welcome return to training – alongside the rest of the Nottinghamshire squad – next month.

The seam bowler missed the second half of the 2017 season after suffering a serious head injury in the NatWest T20 Blast game at Birmingham Bears on 8 July.

Fletcher, 29, was struck on the head in his follow through by a straight hit from Sam Hain which required immediate hospital treatment and led to a precautionary spell on the sidelines.

But the man affectionately nicknamed the Bulwell Bomber has been making good progress in his recovery, meaning he is poised to join his teammates when they reconvene from their post-season break on 8 November.

“The key thing is that, at every step of the way, we have been guided by Fletch’s hospital consultant and we’ve had to make sure he has been given the necessary recovery time,” said Club physiotherapist James Pipe.

“The consultant is extremely happy with his progress so far, and with the work he’s been doing. Fletch has been champing at the bit to get back and he’s been amazing in terms of his commitment to his programme.

“We are confident he will make a full return to training in time, but we have to be careful there is no second impact on the injury for obvious reasons, particularly until after Christmas when he would be more at risk so he will be making a graded return."

Fletcher has taken 386 wickets in 206 matches across all three formats since coming through the Club’s ranks to make his debut in 2008.


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