County news April 21, 2016

'I broke my leg,' says Fidel Edwards

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fidel Edwards faces a lengthy time out of action © PA Photos

Fidel Edwards has suffered a fractured right ankle after injuring himself during a football game in warm-ups ahead of the final day of Hampshire's County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley.

Edwards will see a specialist on Thursday which will give a clearer idea of the length of time he faces on the sidelines but he is set to miss a considerable chunk of the season.

On Thursday morning he posted Instagram photos of him in hospital in Leeds and said: "I broke my leg," before thanking doctors for their help.

Hampshire had been evasive on Wednesday when asked to confirm that Edwards had joined a long list of county cricketers over the years to be injured in a football kickabout, preferring to call it a "running injury - not a football injury".

Dale Benkenstein, Hampshire's coach, was more forthcoming. "We were only 45 seconds away from the end of the game when Fidel went to kick the ball," he told The Echo "I was just about to get the mitts on for fielding practice when his foot got stuck in the turf and all his weight went over on it. There was no-one near him, it was a really freakish fall and there was a loud crack."

Hampshire have suffered an extensive early-season injury list and will have to explore the loan market for extra resources. Reece Topley suffered a broken hand in the opening match of the season against Warwickshire, Chris Wood suffered a knee injury in the first innings against Yorkshire (although he was able to bowl in the second) and Liam Dawson picked up an abdominal strain in the same match.

Despite their injury woes, however, Hampshire have secured battling draws in their opening two Championship matches of the season. Against Yorkshire, they showed considerable resolve to save the follow-on having conceded 593.

They also face the prospect of losing James Vince next month with him being heavily tipped for a place in England's middle order against Sri Lanka.

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