Seamer Luke Wood is on course to meet his target of being available for Nottinghamshire’s Specsavers County Championship visit to Somerset, which starts next Saturday (9 June).
The left-arm paceman has been making good progress in his recovery from damaged ankle ligaments sustained in the warm-up for the four-day match at Worcestershire in April.
It means that so long as things continue to go well, he is likely to play in the three-day Second XI match at Worcestershire next week, which begins on Tuesday.
“We’re hoping Woody is going to be in contention for the Somerset game as things stand because Pipey (physio James Pipe) is really pleased with the way he is coming along,” said Head Coach Peter Moores.
“He’s likely to bowl in some way (at Worcestershire), although he’ll be doing that in a controlled way. His return will be a real positive for us.”
Batsman Will Fraine, meanwhile, has been ruled out for the foreseeable future after injuring his knee in the Second XI Trophy game against Durham at Grantham.
He had an MRI scan this morning to assess the damage, but a timeline for his comeback has yet to be set.
“We’re hoping Woody is going to be in contention for the Somerset game as things stand.” Head Coach Peter Moores
Moores added: “It’s a recurrence of a previous injury for Will and it will be a few weeks he will be out at least, though we don’t know exactly how long for yet.
“It’s disappointing for him, having not long since signed for the Club, just got runs (86 in a Second XI Championship game against Durham) and in a position where he was pushing hard for a first-team spot.”
Notts will also be without the services of fast bowler Ben Kitt for ‘a few weeks’ after he has picked up a side strain bowling for the Second XI.
The 23-year-old has not yet featured for the Green and Golds’ first team, but has been a regular in the Second XI this season and joins Harry Gurney (calf) on the sidelines.
“Kitty’s is one of those where he will do the rehab work and we will see how he goes,” said Moores.
“Harry is progressing OK, but it’s hard to say exactly how long it will be out and it depends how he reacts to treatment.
“We are having a bit of a run of injuries at the moment, but that goes with professional sport and you have to take them on the chin.”
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