County news July 14, 2014

Kieswetter facing face surgery

Press Association

Somerset wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter has confirmed he will need to undergo surgery after suffering a serious facial injury while batting against Northamptonshire - but says there will be no lasting damage to his eye.

He tweeted: "Injury update: broken nose and a fractured orbital socket. Surgery is required but thankfully no lasting damage to the eye."

Kieswetter, 26, sustained a fractured cheekbone and broken nose after being hit by a David Willey bouncer during the opening day of Somerset's County Championship match at Wantage Road on Saturday.

Kieswetter, who posted a picture on his Twitter account of the damage caused, with his right eye swollen shut, went to hospital on Sunday for tests where the extent of his injuries were confirmed and on Monday he gave an update to his situation.

Kieswetter was forced to retire hurt against Northamptonshire after a short ball from Willey went through the gap above the grill on the batsman's helmet and struck him flush on the right eye.

It is not known how long Kieswetter will be absent for, with replacement wicketkeeper Alex Barrow taking his place behind the stumps in the current fixture.

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  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Get well soon Kies. Somerset needs you. And England too if it had any sense...

  • ESPN on July 15, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    I remember reading a interview with Desmond Haynes and he said he gets chills down his spine today thinking about facing Jeff Thomson without a helmet , and apparently Thomson was bowling faster than 100mph in those days but they didn't have the speed gun then. Other players testified too that he was beyond quick.

  • G on July 15, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    how on earth did they manage in the days before helmets??

  • Muthuvel on July 15, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Wow man..that must have hurt. # Respect to cricketers its not easy.

  • Dummy4 on July 15, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    wish you get back soon ..god bless you

  • Jason on July 15, 2014, 8:11 GMT you so much more respect for players before the advent of helmets, it also reminds me a little of the Gatting incident.

  • Dummy4 on July 15, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    OMG!!! get well soon buddy...

  • Sohan on July 15, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Get wel soon buddy! World Cricket needs you.

  • Dummy4 on July 15, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    So Sad, Hope you will recover soon. God bless you man.

  • John on July 15, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Echo the comms wishing him a speedy recovery etc. We need you back Craig

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