Yorkshire CCC have been dealt a blow with the news that Australian overseas star Aaron Finch will be out of action for at least 12 weeks after tearing his hamstring.
The 28-year-old, who sustained the injury playing for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League last week, has undergone surgery on the injury in the last 24 hours.
“It is disappointing news for Aaron and for us,” said Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon.
“We were hoping that he would be with us in May but that is not going to happen. Plans are in place to fill the void that Aaron will leave.
“We are hopeful that we can get this sorted sooner rather than later and remain confident that we’ll find a replacement for the LV= County Championship and the NatWest T20 Blast.”
Cricket Australia’s team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris confirmed that the Australia International T20 captain will commence a rehabilitation programme in Australia.
“After returning to Australia injured from the IPL, Aaron had scans that confirmed a high grade hamstring injury,” he said.
“Aaron subsequently had surgery yesterday that has gone well. Aaron will now commence his rehabilitation and we expect that rehabilitation to take up to 12 weeks.”
Meanwhile, Yorkshire’s left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom has been ruled out of action for six weeks with a grade two tear to his left calf.
The 37-year-old sustained the injury running between the wickets in Yorkshire’s opening victory of the season against Worcestershire at New Road this month.
Following his scan last week, Sidebottom has commenced his rehabilitation programme with the Yorkshire medical team this week.
“It is a great shame for Ryan,” said Yorkshire physiotherapist Kunwar Bansil.
“We will monitor Ryan’s rehabilitation on a daily basis and hope that he will return to cricket in six weeks.”