Paul Coughlin’s swift return to the Notts Outlaws team following surgery on a dislocated shoulder has been described as ‘amazing’ by the specialist who has been checking on his progress.

The 25-year-old all-rounder (pictured above, left) sustained the injury in the final game of England Lions’ series with the West Indies A in March.

He was expected to play no part in the Green and Golds’ campaign until the latter stages, when the season concludes with four Specsavers County Championship games.

However, Coughlin has worked tirelessly in his rehabilitation to speed up the recovery process and put himself back in first-team contention.

And while he still has work to do be able to bowl again, he has recovered sufficiently to make his first-team debut against Northamptonshire Steelbacks and followed that up by also playing in Sunday’s victory over Leicestershire Foxes.

“Coggers has done so well to get back this quickly – it’s practically unheard of for this type of injury.”

Coughlin will hope for another taste of the action when Notts are next in T20 action at the Derbyshire Falcons on Friday night.

“Coggers has done so well to get back this quickly – it’s practically unheard of for this type of injury – and the specialist said he was amazed,” Head Coach Peter Moores told the latest Talk of Trent Bridge podcast, which is scheduled to be released later today.

“Huge credit for that has to go not just to Paul himself, for the dedication he has shown, but the medical team around him including James Pipe (physio), Liam Price (current Strength and Conditioning Coach) and Ross Herridge (former Strength and Conditioning Coach).

“The fact that Paul has come back into a winning side can only be a positive, and his movement in the field has made a really significant difference to us, alongside Will Fraine.”


Notts Outlaws are in Vitality Blast action twice next week, with fixtures against the Durham Jets (Tuesday 17 July, 6:30pm) and the Leicestershire Foxes (Friday 20 July, 6:30pm). Click here to book in advance and save...