Nottinghamshire’s Paul Coughlin will be out for at least four months following surgery on his dislocated right shoulder, Head Coach Peter Moores has confirmed.
The 25-year-old sustained the injury diving in the field during the England Lions’ final match of their One-Day series against the West Indies A earlier this month.
It forced him to miss the North-South series, where a Steven Mullaney-captained North side came back from 1-0 down to win 2-1.
Coughlin’s operation took place on Wednesday in Manchester and he is now recovering at home in the north-east.
But Moores has warned that the talented all-rounder will still miss a lengthy chunk of the season with the serious injury.
“Paul’s operation went smoothly and James Pipe (Nottinghamshire physio) is happy because it seems to have settled down very well,” said Moores.
“The damage that they were expecting was in there, and he has now got a long rehab to go through. I think it’s going to be at least four months before he gets on the park.
“What we’re targeting is can we get him back for the last few Championship games of the season? If he gets back earlier than that then great, but we won’t rush things and will make sure he is right.”
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